Day 3 - Junior State Championships
The South Queensland and Border Districts Sharks have claimed their sixth-straight crown as champion region at the Junior State Championships in Townsville.
The Sharks were represented in five of the six grand finals on the final day of play on Sunday, winning four state titles.
It was a thrilling Under 16 Girls final, with scores locked between SQBD and CQ at 2-all at half-time and 4-all at full-time, sending it to a drop-off.
Isabella Fildes scored the winning touchdown for the Sharks with a brilliant individual effort.
It was a similar story in the Under 16 Boys grand final, with SQBD and CQ going touchdown-for-touchdown until Kapu Broughton-Winterburn broke the deadlock with two minutes to go, sealing a 7-6 win and a clean-sweep of the Under 16 division.
The fortunes turned around for CQ in the Under 14 divisions, with both teams remaining undefeated to claim the respective state titles.
In the Under 14 Girls, CQ outclassed the Brisbane City Cobras, dominating field position and possession in a comfortable 6-0 win.
In the Boys’ division, CQ again came up against a tough SQBD side, and a closely-fought first half saw them enter the break at 2-all.
A hat-trick to Joseph Nelson wasn’t enough for the Sharks, as CQ closed it out 7-6.
In the Under 12 divisions, it was heartbreak for the CQ girls, who led SQBD 5-2 before the Sharks scored with less than a minute remaining to claim a remarkable 7-6 win.
The Sharks defeated SWQ Swans 5-3 in the Under 12 Boys to record a second division clean-sweep.
The QTF Under 12 Merit Teams were announced at the presentation ceremony, along with Junior Cowboys, Junior Broncos and Junior Titans teams in the Under 14 and 16 divisions.
Teams were selected from within the boundaries of the existing Elite 8 permits - Cowboys from North and Central Queensland, Broncos from Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, and Titans from South West Queensland and South Queensland and Border Districts.
The players, selected by current Elite 8 players and coaches, will attend a camp on the Sunshine Coast on March 23-25.
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Grand Finals – Sunday 27 August
Under 12 Girls
SQBD Sharks 7 d CQ Bulls 6
Player of the Final: Ella Searston (SQBD)
Player of the Series: Annemarie Kiria-Ratu (SQBD)
Under 12 Boys
SQBD Sharks 5 d SWQ Swans 3
Player of the Final: Corey Connolly (SQBD)
Player of the Series: Blaise Prendergast (SWQ)
Under 14 Girls
CQ Bulls 6 d Cobras 0
Player of the Final: Laura Guley (CQ)
Player of the Series: Sophie Duff (CQ)
Under 14 Boys
CQ Bulls 7 d SQBD Sharks 6
Player of the Final: Caleb Gould-Waiariki (SQBD)
Player of the Series: Jardel Bob (CQ)
Under 16 Girls
SQBD Sharks 6 d CQ Bulls 5
Player of the Final: Abby King (SQBD)
Player of the Series: Jada Ferguson (SWQ)
Under 16 Boys
SQBD Sharks 7 d CQ Bulls 6
Player of the Final: Izaya Leota (SQBD)
Player of the Series: Cooper Marshall (CQ)
Shuker-Williams Trophy – Champion Region
SQBD Sharks (52 points)
CQ Bulls (46 points)
SWQ Swans (30 points)