Rugby league re­turns

Come­back Dream­ers fit­ting win­ners at Dir­ran car­ni­val

Balonne Beacon - - SPORT - Ellen Rans­ley Ellen.Rans­ley@west­ern­starnews.com

RUGBY LEAGUE: The first rugby league car­ni­val in Dir­ran­bandi in six years was off to a warm start, but not even an af­ter­noon thun­der­storm could stop the Come­back Dream­ers from tak­ing out the day.

Around 400 spec­ta­tors watched on as rugby league re­turned to Dir­ran­bandi, part of a week­end-long event or­gan­ised by the South­west Queens­land Emus.

Pres­i­dent Gary Hal­l­i­day said the day had been a huge suc­cess.

“It was great to see rugby league back in Dir­ran­bandi,” he said.

“We had teams from all over play, from as far away as Ip­swich, so it was great to see so many come out to play some re­ally good rugby league.”

The week­end be­gan with a pre­sen­ta­tion evening on Fri­day, where 35 play­ers were recog­nised for their ded­i­ca­tion to the game in Dir­ran­bandi, up to 1978.

Edgar ‘Sonny’ Draper took home the com­mu­nity spirit award for his ef­forts as an A Grade player and coach over the years.

Les Judge was recog­nised as one of the most in­flu­en­tial play­ers in Dir­ran­bandi rugby league’s early days, and his jersey was pre­sented to his wife on the night.

“He’s a wor­thy re­cip­i­ent,” said Mr Hal­l­i­day.

On Satur­day, seven teams played over seven rounds of football, be­fore two semi fi­nals and the grand fi­nal played at 4pm, with the Come­back Dream­ers tak­ing out Popy Deks Boys 28-24.

“We’ll do it again next year for sure.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one in­volved for mak­ing sure the day went off with­out a hitch.”

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

WIN­NERS ARE GRINNERS: Come­back Dream­ers won the Queens­land Emus rugby league car­ni­val in Dir­ran­bandi on Satur­day.

Vol­un­teers at South­west Queens­land Emus rugby league car­ni­val.

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