JUNIOR LEAGUE COMP
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.
The Charleville junior side showed heart throughout the competition, with expert attack and strong defence, but were ultimately pipped for third place by the home team.
The Mitchell Magpies were crowned the new champions of the competition with a score of 15.5, the Carnarvon Cubs coming in a close second with 15.
The St George team came in third with a score of 12.5, followed by the Charleville side on 7.
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.
Charleville player Jed Bignall was presented with the team player award for the side, with Joel Stafly taking home the encouragement award for his team spirit.
Tournament co-ordinator Kelvin Bella said the event ran without a hitch.
“As co-ordinator of the event, I’d like to say thank you to everybody who participated, and in the future we’d like to see an even bigger and better two-day carnival in the region,” said Bella.
Broncos game development manager Paul Dyer said the event was a great way to both promote the sport and scout for talent in regional communities.
“Every year that we visit the competition, the skill of the boys is of a really good standard. 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,” Dyer said.
“The Broncos invest just under a million dollars a year in game development in rural Queensland to help school and junior league clubs.
“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.”
CLOSE MATCH: A Charleville player pushes through St George’s defence, striding towards the try line.
Charleville defence pushes back against the Carnarvon Cubs.
The Charleville side refuses to be slowed by St George.