MULGA CUP FOOTY

Mulga Cup a hit in Charleville

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RUGBY LEAGUE: A tired yet happy bunch of kids from across western Queens­land made the long drive home from Charleville at the week­end, mark­ing the end of an­other sea­son for un­der-11s district rugby league. .

Each team of lit­tle lea­guers played five games at the Mulga Cup Car­ni­val, min­gling with chil­dren from across the re­gion and some from the city.

Hosted by Charleville Foot­ball Club and played at the show­grounds, six U11 teams played for the ti­tle. They were the Ben­deroo Bulls, Wan­doan Wild­cats, Roma Mixed, Cen­tral West, the Western Ringers and Ca­pal­aba Warriors.

The well-trav­elled Warriors from the east­ern sub­urb of Bris­bane ul­ti­mately won the day, claim­ing vic­tory in four games, draw­ing one and tak­ing out the grand fi­nal.

For all teams, mak­ing it to Charleville for the car­ni­val was half the bat­tle. But it was also a tes­ta­ment to the fam­i­lies in the Western Rugby League, said Ben­deroo Bulls vol­un­teer Ange Latham.

“Ev­ery­one trav­elled a fair way to get there – cer­tainly the Cen­tral West who have play­ers from as far out as Lon­greach and Black­all, and the car­ni­val saw play­ers from Cun­na­mulla too.

“Even the guys at Wan­doan, they had to travel a bit fur­ther than us. Our play­ers are from the Su­rat so they’ve got ex­tra miles to go as well, but Ca­pal­aba was def­i­nitely the most trav­elled.

“Ev­ery­one puts in a big com­mit­ment – all the par­ents and coaches and team man­agers – to do the driv­ing for the kids, and it’s so good to see car­ni­vals like this well sup­ported with all the teams com­ing so far.”

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LIT­TLE LEAGUE: The Ben­deroo Bulls joined five other teams in Charleville at the week­end to com­pete for the Mulga Cup.

Cen­tral West Bar­bar­ians at the Mulga Cup.

Wan­doan Wild­cats at the Mulga Cup.

Western Ringers at the Mulga Cup.

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