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10 May, 2022

Junior Warriors shine against Jets

A chilly day greeted Wattles Junior League Warriors at Inglewood’s Macintyre Sports Complex on Saturday.

Wattles Under 7s Henry Ferguson, George Mullen, Chaz Daley, James Patterson, Buddy Turner and Archie Moore in their new playing kit, sponsored by Willett Electrical.

At Inglewood the Warriors met MIT Jets (Millmerran, Inglewood, Tenterfield) while a Wattles Under 13/14 line-up took on a combined Under 13/14 Valleys squad. 


The youngest Warriors, in new playing kit, got over the try line a few times. “We definitely have some enthusiastic players this season and it’s only just started,” coach Shadai Daley said. Warriors found gaps in the MIT defence reaping some deserved touchdowns. Wattles’ attacking play was a bright light with players dodging Jets and scoring. Coach Shadai was proud of her team of high performers, noting Chaz Daley, James Patterson and Henry Ferguson were on fire.


Wattles’ Riley Boom was player of the match courtesy of his strong defence from marker and creative tries. Coach George Berry couldn’t speak more highly of his team’s effort against the Jets line-up resulting in positive outcomes. Noah Schwenke impressed with an above average kicking game. It was another pleasing team effort by all team members. “They are developing into an exciting team to watch,” according to coach Berry.


Wattles Bryce Bateman was a difficult package to handle for the Jets, and was rewarded with two touch-downs. Mick Willett, Dustyn May and Tom Peters excelled all game. Dual try scorer Bryce, Leo Thompson and Lincoln Cooper were effective in defence.


A big 40-8 win for Warriors. An inspiring all-round effort by all that included a fine show of sportsmanship that saw Wattles’ Lucas Stace and Ty Betts don the numbers-strapped Jets colours for half a game each. For Wattles Hugh Denny 2, Zavier Dalsanto, James Saddler, Nate Murdoch, Eddison Barton, Ty Betts, Jonte May, Archer Steinhardt and Declan Fogarty crossed the try line to score. 


As a reward for her efforts Mia Berry received the player of the match award from the M.I.T team. The Wattles girls overwhelmed the Jetettes 48-4 in a spectacular effort. Alex Gilmore collected a hat trick of tries, and was on target kicking goals. Wattles defended exceptionally and are really coming along according to coach Dan Wallis. “They certainly turned up to play on Saturday contributing to a great day of footy,” he said. Wattles’ try scorers: Alex Gilmore 3, Georgia Bishop 2, Teeah Davis, Sarah Morris, Rachel Martin and Billie Leigh.

UNDER 13/14

A Wattles outfit headed to Warwick to play a Valleys Roosters 13/14 development squad. The Warriors finished with a convincing 36-0 victory. Pat Denny impressed as did Harry Wright, while front-rower Brian Williams was strong scoring two tries in the initial five minutes. Wattles set a great standard against Valleys; Marty May, Orry Gilmore and Zac Wheeldon shining on field. Wattles try scorers: Brian William 2, Malakai Steinhardt, Pat Denny, James Casey and Jackson Bateman.


This Saturday, is a Wattles Junior and Senior Super Saturday kicking off at Platz Oval at 8.30am. Juniors take on Stanthorpe in all grades, prior to the Warriors senior teams going up against the Pittsworth Danes.

- Glyn Rees

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