Brave effort in carnival
Proserpine puts fear in Townsville side before suffering narrow defeat
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.