FNQ Under 14 Grand Final Winners - ARL Development Shield
At the last Queensland Rugby League Juniors meeting, a decision was made that the under 15 ARL Development Shield for 2011 will be played over one weekend in a central venue in Northern Division on a weekend in late May or early June 2011. The team from Mackay & DJRL, Townsville & DJRL, Mount Isa / Mid West JRL’s and the FNQ JRL’s (Eacham JRL, Innisfail DJRL and Cairns DJRL) have come up with their club side that will represent these 4 areas will meet in a central venue in Northern Division and play in 2011. Mackay & DJRL v’s Mount Isa / Mid West JRL’s and Townsville & DJRL v’s FNQ with the 2 winners playing against each other to get the QRL Northern winner and going onto the semi final of the state wide competition. This format will be rotated each year so that FNQ will not be playing Townsville & DJRL every year like we have since the competition started. After putting a proposal forward to all 3 leagues in the FNQ area it was decided by all leagues that the best and fairest way to get our winner from the FNQ is by playing our series at the end of the 2010 season with the 3 under 14 grand final teams playing in an end of season series instead of waiting till next April / May to play these games as under 15 sides which Eacham and Innisfail don’t run under 15 competitions. In previous years there has been many forfeits and disruptions to the leagues. Administrators and staff of sides in previous years have put this format forward also, so we get a true winner from FNQ directly after the grand finals and not waiting for 7 months till the next games after players have left rugby league. This year with the Innisfail DJRL and Cairns DJRL grand finals being on the same Saturday on the 4th September and Eacham being a week later on Saturday 11th September the format of the semi final and the bye was already set for the competition with Eacham getting the bye in 2010. Attached is the draw. Can all clubs make sure that their coaches, staff, parents and players are aware of this series at the end of the season and the grand final in their leagues that this will not be their last game for the year?