GROUP Three Junior Rugby League's grand final weekend will start on Friday night (September 24)at the Jack Neal Oval at Taree when three grades of girl's league tag will be played.
This will be in the under 13, 14 and 17 divisions. Port City, Wauchope, Forster-Tuncurry, Taree Panthers, Port Sharks and Wingham will be represented Games will be underway from 5.35.
The mod age groups (under 10s to 12s) clash at Port Macquarie Regional Stadium play on Saturday from 8.50. There's three divisions of under 10s.
Wingham Sporting Complex will be the venue for Sunday's international grade games (under 13s to 18s). Under 18s are playing with the junior league this year for the first time as there's no senior football.
Port Sharks and Taree Red Rovers under 13s will start the day at 9am. The under 18 game between Old Bar and Wingham will kickoff at 2.15.
Group Three JRL chairman Warren Blissett said the shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic has generally been a success. He said some clubs were disappointed with the semi-final format, where the team finishing first played the fourth placed team, while second met third.
The winners progressed to the grand final, with the losers dropping out. Sides finishing first or second didn't get a second chance, as is usually the case.
"There were a few grumbles, but I expected that,'' he said.
Mr Blissett said previously the finals format would be reduced to allow more games in the season-proper. The group also wanted the season to be finished before the October long weekend.
Some Group Two clubs played in the under 16 and 18 competitions by invitation. Mr Blissett said the sides would return to Group Two next year.