THE Greater Northern Tigers under-16 league tag side booked a berth in the 2019 CRL Country Championships decider following a brilliant performance at Glen Innes at the weekend.
Contesting the northern pool of the prestigious tournament, the talented young team - which features Group 21 players Merriwa's Mackenzie Blackadder; Muswellbrook's Heidi Richards, Tobey Stewart and Matilda Jones; Scone's Lara Hedley, Emily Watts and Tyla Brown; and Singleton's Caitlan Warren, Ruby Bennett and Jules Kirkpatrick - put its rivals Northern Rivers Titans, North Coast Bulldogs and Central Coast Roosters to the sword.
The squad now tackles Greater Southern Region for the crown at Morry Breen Oval, Wyong, on Saturday, July 27.
The Tigers hammered the Titans 36-14, with Hedley, Kirkpatrick, Jones, Chloe De Gunst, Brown and Richards all scoring tries.
Stewart and De Gunst also landed two goals each.
Greater Northern then thrashed the Bulldogs 32-4.
Brown and Richards both bagged doubles, while Kasey Gaukroger and Kiarna Landsborough touched down, too.
Stewart booted a further three conversions, with De Gunst piloting one over the black dot.
In the final hit-out, the Tigers showed no mercy to the Roosters, prevailing 30-4.
Bennett, Kirkpatrick, Brown, Richards, Warren and Amiel Griffiths posted four-pointers in the rout.
Watts, Stewart and De Gunst added the extras in the kicking department.
In the open division, the Roosters will meet Greater Southern Region in the main showdown, also at Wyong.
The Tigers also performed strongly on the day, knocking over the Titans 12-4 and Bulldogs 28-0.
But, they lost 16-4 to the Roosters.
Under-16s: Greater Northern Tigers v Greater Southern Region
Opens: Central Coast Roosters v Greater Southern Region
GREATER NORTHERN TIGERS U16 LEAGUE TAG
Mackenize Blackadder (Merriwa G21JRL), Ruby Bennett (Singleton G21JRL), Tyla Brown (Scone G21JRL), Chloe De Gunst (Inverell G19JRL), Amiel Griffiths (Inverell G19JRL), Kasey Gaukroger (Armidale G19JRL), Lara Hedley (Scone G21JRL), Matilda Jones (Muswellbrook G21JRL), Jules Kirkpatrick (Singleton G21JRL), Kiarna Landsborough (Armidale G19JRL), Kaziah McLaren (Glen Innes G19JRL), Tishari-Lee Morgan (Inverell G19JRL), Heidi Richards (Muswellbrook G21JRL), Tobey Stewart (Muswellbrook G21JRL), Caitlan Warren (Singleton G21JRL), Emily Watts (Scone G21JRL); coach Kathryn McCulloch (Armidale)
Northern Country Championships
Game 1 -
Greater Southern Stars 20 (J Afflick, B O'Hara, D Mason, K Bolz tries; R Jansen 2 goals) defeat Monaro Colts 0
Riverina Bulls 22 (S Bowley, E Croker, L Rossetto, L Jolliffe, M McCrone tries; J Blackhall goal) defeat Western Rams 6 (S Banks try; E Barrett goal)
Central Coast Roosters 36 (M Hardy 2, J Doyle, P McEwen, J Bender, E Carlisle, C Barwick tries; C Barwick 4 goals) defeat North Coast Bulldogs 12 (S King 2 tries; S King goal, T Singh goal)
Greater Northern Tigers 36 (L Hedley, J Kirkpatrick, M Jones, T Stewart, C De Gunst, T Brown, H Richards tries; T Stewart 2 goals, C De Gunst 2 goals) defeat Northern Rivers Titans 14 (J Anderson-King 2, C Acret tries; Z O'Reilly Leadbeatter goal)
Game 3 -
Greater Southern Stars 10 (M Lee, T Afflick tries; R Jansen goal) defeat Riverina Bulls 8 (S Bowley, M McCrone tries)
Monaro Colts 26 (A Dummett 3, C Badullovich, S Shears tries; M Morris 3 goals) defeat Western Rams 22 (J Pearson 2, S Bergan Lane, S Banks tries; E Barrett 3 goals)
Central Coast Roosters 20 (M Kasun 2, M Hardy, J Bender tries; C Barwick goals) defeat Northern Rivers Titans 12 (T Harley, B Raymond tries; Z O'Reilly Leadbeatter goal, B Raymond goal)
Greater Northern Tigers 32 (T Brown 2, H Richards 2, K Gaukroger, K Landsborough tries; T Stewart 3 goals, C De Gunst goal) defeat North Coast Bulldogs 4 (T Lacey try)
Game 5 -
Monaro Colts 20 (S Anderson, J Carr, C Badullovich, M Morris tries; M Morris 2 goals) Riverina Bulls 16 (S Bowley 2, J Davey tries; J Blackhall goals)
Greater Southern Stars 8 (K Bolz, J Afflick tries) defeat Western Rams 0
Northern Rivers Titans 18 (J Anderson-King 2, B Raymond 2 tries; B Raymond goal) North Coast Bulldogs 14 (S King, E Wright, T Singh tries; T Singh goal)
Greater Northern Tigers 30 (R Bennett, J Kirkpatrick, T Brown, H Richards, C Warren, A Griffiths tries; E Watts, T Stewart, C De Gunst goals) defeat Central Coast Roosters 4 (P Pitt try)
Game 2 -
Greater Southern Stars 30 (S Groth 2 , L Murty, T Finn, K Thomas, C Tout tries; C Ryan, S Groth, T Atfield goals)
Western Rams 6 (B Emanuel try; M Somers goal) defeat Riverina Bulls 4 (T Staines try)
Central Coast Roosters 28 (A Russell 2, R Mortell 2, R Dobbie, S Dimech tries; H Buchanan 2 goals) defeat North Coast Bulldogs K Briggs try; D Lawrence goal)
Greater Northern Tigers 12 (A Schmiedel, P Rankmore tries; A Barraclough 2 goals) defeat Northern Rivers Titans 4 (A Goode)
Game 4 -
Greater Southern Stars 24 (T Finn 3, A Barnard, T Atfield tries; T Atfield 2 goals) defeat Riverina Bulls 4 (T Hinch try)
Western Rams 12 (E Naden, M Jones tries; M Somers 2 goals) defeat Monaro Colts 10 (T Millard, E Pointon tries; K Mitchell goal)
Central Coast Roosters 30 (M Barber 2, H Buchanan, R Mortell, S Higgins, K Clark tries; H Buchanan 3 goals) defeat Northern Rivers Titans 0
Greater Northern Tigers 28 (T Landsborough 2, A Schmidel, S Byrne, F Haggarty tries; A Barraclough 2 goals) defeat North Coast Bulldogs 0
Game 6 -
Riverina Bulls 30 (T Staines 3, E Perrot S Gustowski, U Ravu tries; T Staines goal, M Higgins 2 goals) defeat Monaro Colts 4 (B Christensen try)
Greater Southern Stars 14 (B Smith 2, T Finn tries; S Groth goal) defeat Western Rams 10 (E Naden. M Somers tries; M Somers goal)
Northern Rivers Titans 14 (H McAnelly, D Gordon, T Williams tries; S King goal) defeat North Coast Bulldogs 6 (K Briggs try; D Lawrence goal)
Central Coast Roosters 16 (H Buchanan, E Atkins, J Kelleher tries; H Buchanan goal, J Kelleher goal) defeat Greater Northern Tigers 4 (P Knox try)