Rugby carnival named Childers’ event of year
WIDE Bay over 35s Rugby Union Carnival’s Brett Phillips accepted the Australia Day award for the Childers Community Event of the Year, with the carnival described by all participants as a raging success.
The teams who took part in the carnival were Isis Sugar daddys; Bundaberg Rumruckers; Hervey Bay Bats; Gladstone Goats; Thirsty Lions; Sunnybank Puffin Dragons; Easts Toothless Tigers; Pine River Pensioners; Condamine Cods and Caboolture Fossils.
These teams came from nine nations – Australia, New Zealand, Wales, South Africa, England, Ireland, Zimbabwe and the South Sea Islands, with more than 100 players.
The accommodation, food and retail businesses in Childers were major winners with this event coming to town.
ISIS Crushers lost a nail-biter against Barbarians 13-11 .
Brett Phillips said they had opportunities to win, including a penalty kick which hit the posts.
“Game over. We played our worst performance all season,” Phillips said.
“Let’s move onto this week,” said coach Gary Morony.
This week the lads are back to Childers for the last game of the season.
Veteran Brad Brighton has vowed the Isis Crushers will perform this Saturday. All are invited to attend. 5pm: Barbarians v Turtles
6.30pm: Isis v Falcons
IN ONE of the upsets of the Spring Cup season, the Wests Barbarians defeated Isis on Friday night by two points.
Recording their first win over a top-three team in the competition, the Barbarians were forced to come back from 8-0 down at half-time.
A try to James Courtice, followed by a penalty goal to Nathan Arnold, gave the Barbarians the lead as Isis hit back.
Kale Hendle, with a penalty goal of his own, gave Isis the lead back before Arnold kept his nerve to score a second penalty to give the Barbarians a 13-11 lead with 20 minutes to go.
Despite an Isis penalty shot which hit the post, the Barbarians held on for a famous win in the competition.
Barbarians coach Matt Leighton said the team’s win was built upon a strong defence.
“The defence was something we built on over the last few weeks,” he said.
“On Friday night the team needed to scramble hard and the guys did that. It was a great win.”
The Barbarians will now face the Turtles next week and Leighton knows it will be another test.
“We want to score around 20 points and aim to keep the Turtles down to around 20 as well,” he said.
Isis captain Kale Hendle said the team played poorly.
“The bye didn’t help us a lot and we weren’t switched on,” he said.
“There was no communication and the team will be training hard this week.”
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR: Wide Bay Over 35s Rugby Union Carnival, presented by Rosie Shuttlewood.