Au­gathella young guns light­ing up

Western Times - - SPORT - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: Ju­nior foot­ball stars from Au­gathella have lit up a zone car­ni­val in Clifton last week, with three local boys star­ring in the zone five car­ni­val.

Au­gathella Ju­nior Rugby League Club sec­re­tary Daniel Nunn said all of the boys did the club proud.

“We didn’t end up win­ning any games, but our ju­niors went re­ally well,” Nunn said.

“There was a cou­ple of man of the match awards for the Au­gathella ju­niors and David Nunn fin­ished with the award of best back of the week.

“He was also picked for the East vs West game at the end of the car­ni­val.”

Nunn said the car­ni­val didn’t only ben­e­fit the play­ers that go, but the whole club once the rep­re­sen­ta­tive play­ers re­turn.

“It’s a big boost for the team and for the club; all the boys come back and play bet­ter foot­ball for it.

“They try and lift the other boys with their ef­forts.

“Play­ing foot­ball against qual­ity sides im­proves the boys greatly.”

Two of the boys are also in line to re­peat the dose in 2018.

“Jake and Camp­bell are a year younger, so next year could be re­ally big if they make it again.”

This week it was the Un­der-12 boys who had the chance to im­press, with their car­ni­val be­ing held in Ten­ter­field.

The team had to face four of the bet­ter sides to start the week.

“First game they went down 18-10 against South Burnett and then 32-0 to Wyn­num,” Nunn said

“On Tues­day they went down 16-6 against West­ern Downs Wild Dogs and 22-10 against Cen­tral Downs.”

The team fea­tures cur­rent Au­gathella ju­nior Ned Alexan­der and two for­mer ju­niors, Blake John­son and Alex Creevey.

“Ned Alexan­der is play­ing re­ally well,” Nunn said.

“This is the first year Blake John­son isn’t with us and Alex has gone away to board­ing school.”

Nunn said his club as a whole is on the up.

“The U10s are go­ing well, they are com­pet­i­tive ev­ery week and have beaten ev­ery side in the com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“U12s, we field a side week to week with Cun­na­mulla and Quilpie and they are im­prov­ing.”

❝ Play­ing foot­ball against qual­ity sides im­proves the boys greatly.

— Daniel Nunn

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

YOUNG SU­PER­STARS: Ned Alexan­der, Blake John­son and Alex Creevey.

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