IT WAS try or die when the young guns of the Penrith District Junior Rugby League tackled and tore their way through grand final showdowns recently.
The under-12s through to the under-15s battled for pride and glory at the St Marys Leagues Stadium, The Kingsway in St Marys and Windsor Sports Complex on Saturday.
The younger age groups declared their competition champions on Saturday, September 1 and Saturday, August 18.
A total of 38 teams contested 19 grand finals last weekend. Junior League manager Yvonne Purtell said the day went "really well".
Several games were closely fought contests. Quakers Hill defeated Blacktown Workers 14-12 in the under-12 division three match, Minchinbury beat St Marys 20-16 in the under 13 division 3 match, Hawkesbury City defeated Windsor 20-16 in the under-14 division 2 match and Colyton/ Mt Druitt beat the Western City Tigers 22-20 in the under-15 division 3 match.
"We had some really close grand finals which was excellent to see," Purtell said.
Of the 21 clubs in the League, 12 featured on a scoreboard on Saturday.
Some spectacular teams proved uncontrollable. Blacktown City defeated St Marys 36-6 in the under-15 division 2 grand final, St Marys beat Glenmore Park 26-0 in the under-14 division 1 grand final, St Marys defeated Brothers 30-10 in the under-13 division 1 grand final and Doonside beat Quakers Hill 28-6 in the under-12 division 5 grand final.
Purtell said the spirit on the sidelines during the end-of-season bouts had been "excellent" and the "fantastic" sportsmanship of the young players was "great to see".
"You get the odd official or parent devastated when kids lose but the kids move on very quickly," she said.
The under-16s, under-17s and tier A grand finals for the under-19s, A reserve and A grade will kick-off at Centrebet Stadium on Sunday.