MARANOA TAKE OUT 9S
Maranoa teams win top honours at Broncos 9s day
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.”
PROUD MOMENT: The winning Mitchell Magpies side poses with runners-up the Carnarvon Cubs and former Broncos player Jack Reed.