Junior Lions are set to roar
LAIDLEY JRLFC are gearing up for a tough finals season with two of its Junior sides being given a finals berth.
The Under 12s who are looking to reverse last year's Grand Final loss have a had a very successful campaign under Coach Peter Ryan.
His biggest decision going into the finals series will be who to name in his 19 player squad, with an excellent amount of players showing up to training each week, and this has been a difficult task for Mr Ryan.
The Under 12s have played very consistent football right from the outset of the season, and playing a very disciplined game with exceptional options has enabled this team to only just miss out on this year's minor premiership.
Keen to put last year's Grand Final loss behind him, Rhys Manutai has made sure no one has got around him and his outside backs.
James Blake has been a workhorse for the forward pack with good straight running.
With the level of maturity this side is showing, one could think they are watching a seasoned first grade side both on game days and at training.
It certainly will be an entertaining finals series for the Under 12s.
The other Laidley JRLFC side that is vying to bring home a championship trophy is the Lions Under 11 side.
In a game that requires 13 players on the field these boys have played with less than this for over 90 per cent of the season, with some games only fielding nine players.
This team has beaten every side in the competition bar the minor premiers with whom they had a draw earlier in the season, in a game where they only fielded 10 players.
Coach Brian Ranse believes their success comes from their commitment to each other.
“It is a pleasure to be involved with a group of young men that want to help each other so much.”
Coach Ranse is quick to point out that these boys have received great support from everyone involved with team.
“The support from management and coaching staff here at the club has made the trying circumstances easier on the side.”
With players like fullback Braydon Knack who runs himself to a standstill and halfback Mitchell Cooper directing plays with great ease, it has made it easier on this team whose outstanding scrambling defence has shown that they have such a determination to not be defeated.
The boys themselves are very excited about being joined in the semi-finals by a few Under 10 players, who have been there at pivotal points in the season and they are keen to assist the side in their quest for the title.
The finals at Briggs Rd in Ipswich will begin Friday at 6pm.