Cordalba pre­miers un­de­feated

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By BEN TURN­BULL

SAL­TER Oval in Bund­aberg has been the scene of many sport­ing tri­umphs.

From stun­ning per­for­mances on the footy field to play­ers mak­ing in­cred­i­ble 100s in cricket, the ground has hosted it all.

And the spec­ta­tors in the grand­stand watch­ing Cordalba State School play East Bund­aberg in the Bund­aberg pri­mary schools’ rugby league grand fi­nal didn’t know they were about to watch an­other A-grade per­for­mance.

In its first sea­son in the Bund­aberg schools com­pe­ti­tion Cordalba was un­de­feated and won the de­cider 16-4 in a heart-stop­ping en­counter.

Tyrel Bowa­ter opened Cordalba’s ac­count in the first half. A quick sip of wa­ter and a few en­cour­ag­ing words from coach Brett McLel­lan had the team ready to go.

With tries to Jack­son Zwisler and an­other to Tyrel the 12-point win was sealed, and the NRL scouts in the stands were im­pressed but could have thought they were at the wrong place thanks to some of the nick­names of the play­ers.

The scouts were fum­bling through their note­books with names like “Ac­tion” Jack­son, Ma­son “Nate Myles” Hay­den, Corey “Parker” Kurtzer, Luis “The Axe” Blanco, Zak “Soward” Tom­lin­son and they were mak­ing dou­ble takes.

When cen­tre Max “Meninga” Banks and winger Matthew “Grease Light­ning” Bun­de­sen got in­volved the scouts didn’t know if they were in Bund­aberg or at Lang Park.

Seth “Thai­day” Buck­ley, Sa­muel “Slip­pery” Petersen and Quinn “Bull­dozer” Jamieson just added to their con­fu­sion, but when Cordalba’s English im­port Law­son Bounds got in­volved the men watch­ing nearly gave up.

For­ward Rhys Fel­gate and su­per subs Jar­rod Lyn­don and Hay­den Palmer might not have the dis­tinc­tive nick­names but their con­tri­bu­tion to Cardalba’s maiden pre­mier­ship was no less im­por­tant.

“Ac­tion” Jack­son Zwisler was awarded the man-of-the-match tro­phy and McLel­lan said it should have been split be­tween the team af­ter the great ef­fort.

A big thank you must go out to the Tom­lin­son fam­ily for sup­ply­ing the jer­seys and train­ing equip­ment as well as trans­port­ing play­ers to the games.

Ber­nadette Fel­gate and Peta Sykes helped with trans­port as well as Bai­ley Sykes who as­sisted with train­ing.

The praise must go to the play­ers for their com­mit­ment and sports­man­ship this sea­son.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WIN­NING FEEL­ING: Bund­aberg pri­mary school rugby league’s un­de­feated pre­miers Cordalba.

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