Muswellbrook and District Junior Rugby League Football Club eyeing off five titles this weekend

THE Muswellbrook and District Junior Rugby League Football Club is united in its quest to win five titles this weekend.

The organisation will boast representation in the under-12, under-14 and under-16 girls’ league tag deciders, as well as the boys’ under-12 and under-13 grand finals.

The young Ramettes tackle Singleton in all grades at Olympic Park on Friday evening, while the Rams face West Maitland in both fixtures away from home on Saturday.

Club president Chris Dengate said it was a special occasion for everyone.

“In my four years [in this role], I don’t recall having five teams in the mix,” he admitted.

“And, to get all three girls’ league tag sides in grand finals – in their first full season – is a great achievement.

“In 2016, they only played a short eight-week trial.

“So, it’s an awesome effort commitment-wise.

“The under-14s and under-16s finished minor premiers, while the under-12s were second.

“But, they all won their major semi-finals.

“The Muswellbrook RSL Club-sponsored under-12s beat Singleton 24-0.

“The Happy Tooth under-14s accounted for the Greyhounds 24-18.

“The Muswellbrook Race Club under-16s prevailed in a thriller 22-18, winning in golden point extra-time.”

Dengate also has high hopes for the Rams’ youngsters.

“I’d love to see the under-12s lift the trophy,” he said.

“It’s their first year in a ‘travelling’ competition.

“And, they’ve gone through undefeated so far.

“Even when the kids moved into the higher division, come semi-final time, it didn’t hamper their performances.

“They actually won two golden point games to get in [to the decider]. 

“It’s been a marvellous effort.

“The under-13s will have their second crack at a crown.

“They lost the decider last season, so they’ll be fired up to make amends.

“I have to congratulate all the coaches, and their support staff, as well as the parents, for their dedication, too.

“It all bodes well for junior rugby league, in Muswellbrook, in the years to come.

“Best of luck to all teams.”