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