Un­der-16s take shield

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

THE Cen­tral Burnett Brumbies Un­der-16 team man­aged to over­come a spir­ited Cher­bourg to clinch the Un­der-16 Or­ange Fes­ti­val Shield.

Cen­tral Burnett Brumbies player Tyler McDonald has been wait­ing for the day he could lift the shield for the Cen­tral Burnett.

“The last few years I’ve played with the Un­der-12s and the Un­der-14s and we weren’t able to win the shield ei­ther of those times,” McDonald said.

This year was the wa­ter­shed mo­ment for McDonald and his team-mates.

“This is my first shield win and it is a pretty good feel­ing.”

Un­der-16 coach Rob Lins­kett was thrilled with his team’s per­for­mance, par­tic­u­larly com­pet­ing un­der-strength.

“What a game, true Brumby spirit turned up,”

Tyler McDonald: This is my first shield and it is a pretty good feel­ing.

Lins­kett said.

“We turned up with 13 play­ers and a big thanks to Nick­son Hill for step­ping up from the 14s to give us one re­serve.

“A great 20-10 win, this is the shield we play for ev­ery year with Cher­bourg, usu­ally at Cit­rus Cup time, very proud of the boys.”

McDonald felt he played well and looked for­ward to see­ing the make-up of the team next year.

“I think we will go all right,” he said.

“We have got some pretty good guys com­ing up from the 14s, which I look for­ward to.”

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

CHAM­PION TEAM: The Cen­tral Burnett Brumbies Un­der-16 boys with their newly-won Cit­rus Cup Shield.

Cher­bourg player Eu­gene Dyn­ever palms away Brumbies player Mitch Op­per­man.

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