Group 18 wins under-14 title honours
THE Group 18 Junior Rugby League hosted and, for the second year running, won the annual under-14 Border-Tech Challenge at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff over the weekend. The challenge saw representative teams from Groups 1, 2, 19, 21 and 18, along with invitational teams from Groups 1 and 18 contest the round robin tournament over three days. Group 18 finished the tournament undefeated, playing Group 1 in the final and running out 32-0 winners. The under-14s had been in training since March, with many of the members having played together in the strong Group 18 under-13 side last year. According to a Group 18 spokesperson, the current under-14 side is one of the best, most well-balanced junior representative sides the Group has developed in several years. Player of the carnival honours went to South Tweed's Tom Sunderland. In other Group 18 junior representative games played in Dubbo last Friday, the under-15 side was victorious in its Country Challenge Plate final, downing Group 20 in convincing fashion to take the title. The under-16 side was not as fortunate against the local Group 11, and in a hard-fought game, was unlucky to lose 20-18 in the Country Challenge Cup. Three under-16s were chosen to represent NSW Country Lain Windley of South Tweed, Ryan James of Bilambil and Guy Borgas of Tugun. The boys will go into camp in October.