Brave ef­fort in car­ni­val

Proser­pine puts fear in Townsville side be­fore suf­fer­ing nar­row de­feat

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY UNION

THE 2013 Bal­ly­more Cup Re­gional Car­ni­val was hosted by the Whit­sun­days Raiders Rugby Union Club on the week­end.

The Proser­pine State High School’s open team qual­i­fied for the tour­na­ment af­ter win­ning the Mackay school’s com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this year.

The win­ners of the re­spec­tive re­gional com­pe­ti­tions of Rock­hamp­ton, Townsville, Cairns and the Cen­tral High­lands also made the trip to take each other on for the op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance fur­ther in the state wide com­pe­ti­tion.

The tour­na­ment kicked off with a thrilling game be­tween Ig­natius Park Col­lege from Townsville and the re­gional cham­pi­ons from last year, Rock­hamp­ton Gram­mar.

This game set the tone for the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion with all games be­ing within 10 points of each other.

Proser­pine’s first game was a gal­lant 22-12 loss to Ig­natius Park which in­cluded a coura­geous sec­ond half ef­fort to put a scare through the Townsville side.

Their sec­ond match was also a tough af­fair and they bat­tled hard while go­ing down 17-0 to rugby pow­er­house Rock­hamp­ton Gram­mar.

With the fi­nals poised with great ten­sion and nerves, St Bren­dan’s and Ig­natius Park Col­lege bat­tled it out in a tense fi­nal in the un­der 15s.

St Bren­dan’s crossed the chalk for the only try and posted a 10-3 win to ad­vance through to the fi­nals in Bris­bane.

In the opens, the two teams that were only sep­a­rated by a point in the pool rounds, Ig­natius Park Col­lege and Rock­hamp­ton Gram­mar, took to the field for and all ac­tion fi­nal.

Ig­natius Park Col­lege took the front foot early scor­ing two quick early tries, Rock­hamp­ton Gram­mar trailed for the re­main­der of the game.

Ig­natius Col­lege kept pil­ing on the points with the fi­nal re­sult 30-12.

They will now have the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the re­gional ar­eas at the fi­nals in Bris­bane at the home of Queens­land Rugby, Bal­ly­more, on Au­gust 2-3.

TAK­ING ON THE LINE: Proser­pine State High School rugby player Luke Henry takes on the Ig­natius Park de­fence dur­ing Bal­ly­more Cup ac­tion at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park on Satur­day.

ON THE RUN: Proser­pine scrum-half By­ron Tay­lor.

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