Grand final footy fever hits players of all sizes

By BOB ANTHONY

RUGBY league grand finals over the weekend weren't confined to the senior ranks, with the Tweed Byron Group 18 %Junior Rugby League holding its grand finals in Murwillumbah on Saturday.

The finals in all age groups from under-10s to under-16s were held at the Brothers rugby league ground and produced a lot of exciting matches.

Seven of the eight affiliated clubs were in action, with the eager if slightly nervous youngsters taking to the field in warm, humid conditions.

The grand final winners were in under-10s Bilambil, under-11s Tweed Coast, under-12s Cudgen, under-13s Seagulls, %under-14s South Tweed, under-15s Bilambil and under-16s Bilambil.

In tomorrow's Daily News Junior Sport section, we cover the games and the winners in a wrap-up of the season for many teams.

But the season isn't over yet for everyone, as the Bilambil under-10 and the Tweed Coast under-11 sides will now take on the Group 1 development sides in their respective age groups. An under-12 Group 18 development side will %also take on Group 1's development squad.

The games are on October 13 at Cudgen Junior Rugby League ground, Kingscliff from 10am.

The junior rugby league paid tribute to Graham Wilson who announced his retirement from refereeing after the under-16 grand final. West had been at the helm of the referees for many years and was involved in recruiting, training and retaining referees.



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