MARANOA TAKE OUT 9S

Maranoa teams win top hon­ours at Bron­cos 9s day

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Alexia Austin Alexia.Austin@west­ern­starnews.com

LEAGUE: The St Ge­orge Rugby League Club hosted the Bron­cos Western 9s com­pe­ti­tion at the week­end, with un­der-14 teams trav­el­ling from Roma and Charleville to com­pete in the round-robin game day.

The com­pe­ti­tion con­sisted of 15 games of nine-minute halves, with six nine-a-side U14 teams trav­el­ling to the Row­den Park fields for a slice of the ac­tion.

Four teams from the Maranoa – the Carnar­von Cubs, St John’s Roma, the Mitchell Mag­pies and the Ben­deroo Bulls – trav­elled for the event, with the Mag­pies and the Cubs tak­ing home first and sec­ond place re­spec­tively.

The Bulls were pipped into fifth place by St Ge­orge and Charleville, with St John’s show­ing heart and ded­i­ca­tion dur­ing the matches to come in sixth.

For­mer Bron­cos and in­ter­na­tional player Jack Reid was the guest of hon­our on the day, pre­sent­ing the lucky teams with their awards for sports­man­ship and best play.

Isaac Page, Con­nor Pos­tle, Joseph Zeller and Shawn Packer picked up the team player awards for their var­i­ous teams, with Lochlan West, Simmy Ben­nett, Matt York and Tris­tan Lorenz win­ning the team en­cour­age­ment awards.

Bron­cos game de­vel­op­ment man­ager Paul Dyer said the event was a great way to pro­mote the sport.

“Ev­ery year that we visit the com­pe­ti­tion, the skill of the boys is of a re­ally good stan­dard,” Dyer said.

“Al­though they don’t al­ways re­ceive the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as those liv­ing in city cen­tres, they love their rugby league, they train hard and a lot of them are tough kids.

“We in­vest to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties. To find the next Lock­yer or Beet­son, we need to have more kids play­ing and more op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to shine.”

PHOTO: HENNY CASH

PROUD MO­MENT: The win­ning Mitchell Mag­pies side poses with run­ners-up the Carnar­von Cubs and for­mer Bron­cos player Jack Reed.

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