Warrego shines bright
Reconciliation Carnival rugby league team performs in Toowoomba
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.
Warrego United fell just short of the final at the Reconciliation Carnival.