Rugby car­ni­val named Childers’ event of year

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

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.

Crush­ers crushed

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

Bar­bar­ians up­set

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.”

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON BIT260116UNION

COM­MU­NITY EVENT OF THE YEAR: Wide Bay Over 35s Rugby Union Car­ni­val, pre­sented by Rosie Shut­tle­wood.

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