Junior rugby league grand final wrap

The East Maitland Griffins have won cross-town bragging rights claiming four premierships in junior rugby league grand finals on the weekend.

The young Griffins added under-10, under-14, under-15 and under-16 premierships to the club’s trophy cabinet.

Easts under-11s were also involved in one of the most amazing finals in years, finally going down to Cessnock 24-18 after the Goannas scored a golden point try. The scores were 12-12 at full-time, then 18-18 after an extra five minutes each way.

The Griffins under-10s beat Kurri Kurri 20-18 in another thriller. The under-14s completed the minor and major premiership double beating West Maitland 12-8 in the final.

The under-16s also achieved the double defeating West Newcastle 18-16 in final.

The under-15s beat Valentine 30-22 to claim the title in division 1.

West Maitland Wallaroos were behind their eastern rivals on the title count but no doubt will be back bigger and better next year after a terrific year by the club.

The Wallaroos won two titles with their under-11s defeating Greta Branxton Colts 18-12 and the under-10s were 36-6 winners against Dungog.

Cessnock Goannas claimed the under-15 premiership and two premierships in under-11, with the under-16s going down in their decider against Dungog.

Cessnock under-11 gold won the title In the under-11 battle for local bragging rights Cessnock Under-11 black defeated Cessnock Under-11 white.

The Goannas under-15 went through the season undefeated and were too strong for Dungog in the grand final. The Warriors opened the scoring with a converted try but it was all Cessnock after that running out 58-6 winners.

Dungog reversed the result in the under-16s, although the 22-6 final score didn’t reflect just how close the game was until the dying minutes.

The Kurri Bulldogs unfortunately fell just short in their two under-10 grand finals, losing to the Greta Branxton Colts and East Maitland.

The Colts won two premierships, the under-10 title and the under-12s defeated Thornton Beresfield Bears 22-6.