Friday 1 July 2011

The Northern Raiders are the Australia Post State Under 14 champions following a comfortable win over the Country Kookaburras in the grand final at Broadbeach today.

The Raiders led throughout to win 8.7 (55) to 2.2 (14).

Blake Hartley led the goalkicking with three majors for the victors, who dominated the midfield battle and had good targets up forward.

Liam Moseley was superb in an onball role while Hayden Jeffrey and Corey Wagner were also standouts for the Raiders.

A good attendance in excess of 1000 on the day was at its peak when the two local sides clashed in a Gold Coast derby to decide third place.

It was all one-way traffic as the Gold Coast Stingrays South beat the North 13.11 (89) to 2.1 (13).

The North were battling injuries at the end of a long week and couldn’t keep pace with their southern counterparts, who were superior in most positions on the ground.

Kent Skuse kicked four goals for the South from centre-half-forward and Luke Dula two from half-forward alternating in the midfield.

Dula won the coach’s award for his efforts during the carnival while Emerson Lenkau, who battled hard along with Kyle Walsh, claimed the North award.

The Sunshine Coast Power finished on a high with their 8.6 (54) to 3.3 (21) win over the South East Bushrangers in the playoff for fifth. Hayden Bray and Ben Keays were the standouts.

The PNG side were big winners over the Western Taipans in the final playoff for seventh, kicking 6.11 (47) to 1.0 (6).

Jones Meli, the brother of Essendon’s international rookie David Meli, won his side’s coach’s award and was in fine form today.

Nat Carswell and James Stoltz were good for the Taipans.

Final Round Results

7th Playoff

PNG Binatangs 6.11.47 d Western Taipans    1.0.6

Goals – PNG: Benji Kobale 2, Jeremiah Tirang 2, Malcolm Baia 1, Zabediah Linge 1 Taipans: Patrick Renner 1

Best – PNG: Jones Meli, Hosea Wartovo, Jeremiah Tirang, Nile Aki, Jackson Albert   Taipans: James Stoltz, Nat Carswell, Ash Gore, Jarrodd Nuttall, Luke Penberthy


5th Playoff

Suncoast Power  8.6.54 d outh Eastern Bushrangers 3.3.21            

Goals – Power: Ben Glover 3, Steve Eekelschot 1, Marcus White 1, Jesse Malthouse 1, Scott Sinclair 1, Dan Ryan 1

Bushrangers:  Hayden Bray 2, Blake Brook 1

Best – Power: Courey Hubscher, Gareth Hunt, Steve Eekelschot, Dan Ryan, Ben Glover, Brenton Philp, Jy Bennett

Bushrangers:  Hayden Bray, Ben Keays, Lachlan Angus, Isaac Mole

3rd Playoff

GC South Stingrays 13.11.89 d GC North Stingrays    2.1.13

Goals – South: Kurt Skuse 4, Joel Smith 2, Luke Dula 2, Nick Cameron 1, Zac Harrison 1, Curtis Marsden 1, Bailey Fraser 1, Sam Italiano 1  North: Ben Presser 1, Josh Rickards 1

Best –  South: Ethan Reeves, Kurt Skuse, Luke Dula, Jesse Joyce, Cooper McKenzie, Liam Larkin  North: Clay Cox, Kyle Walsh, Emerson Lemkau, Josh Rickards, Ethan Fava

Grand Final

Northern Raiders  8.7.55 d Country Kookaburras 2.3.15

Goals – Raiders: Blake Hartley 3, Aaron Bailo 2, Jordan Maynard 1, Liam Moseley 1, Callum Royle  Kookaburras: Tim Jundrell 1, Dominic Morrison 1

Best – Raiders: Liam Moseley, Jackson Whicker, Brandon McLune, Hayden Jeffrey, Corey Wagner, Blake Hartley   Kookaburras: Jordan Harding, Zac Lynam, Kusam Nuwia, Amey Odo, Sean Nicholson

Coaches Awards

Taipans                     James Stoltz

PNG                           Jones Meli

Bushrangers             Hayden Bray

Power                        Courey Hubscher

Nth Stingrays            Emerson Lemkau

Sth Stingrays            Luke Dula

Kookaburras             Zac Lynam

Raiders                      Liam Moseley

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