War­rego shines bright

Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Car­ni­val rugby league team per­forms in Toowoomba

Western Times - - SPORT - Joshua Macree Joshua.Macree@west­ern­starnews.com

RUGBY LEAGUE: War­rego United has come tan­ta­lis­ingly close to be­ing crowned cham­pi­ons at the Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Car­ni­val in Toowoomba on Jan­uary 27, los­ing to even­tual win­ners Toome­lah Tigers.

The team – con­sist­ing of mostly indige­nous play­ers from south­west towns of Roma, Charleville and Cun­na­mulla – recorded con­vinc­ing wins against the Ce­cil Dun­can Me­mo­rial side and Oakey Red­backs.

Coach Travis Law­ton was im­mensely proud of the per­for­mance of his play­ers dur­ing the full day of fix­tures and sin­gled out the com­po­sure shown by his two halves, Ryan and Tyson Mitchell.

“They both stood up and played re­ally well over the day and stood up and per­formed when the team needed them,” he said.

His di­rec­tive for the team’s suc­cess dur­ing the day fo­cused on War­rego’s need to keep things ba­sic and tidy with the foot­ball.

“We knew all we had to do was play sim­ple footy,” Law­ton said.

“Ev­ery­one was a bit rusty at first but we stuck it out and played well for the rest of the day. It was just unlucky that we lost to a strong Toome­lah side.”

It’s the third time the team has fallen to Toome­lah at the car­ni­val but Law­ton be­lieves the team is get­ting closer to top­pling them.

“We’re get­ting one step closer each time,” he said.

War­rego United has played as a team for five years and, through that time, play­ers have formed a strong bond that runs through the core of the squad.

“All the boys are just stick­ing as one and we’ve be­come a broth­er­hood,” Law­ton said.

GOOD SPORTS: War­rego United was rep­re­sented by mostly indige­nous play­ers at the Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Car­ni­val.

It’s the third time the team has fallen to Toome­lah at the car­ni­val.

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

War­rego United fell just short of the fi­nal at the Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Car­ni­val.

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