Play­ers awarded for great sea­son

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE skills of Whit­sun­day Ju­nior Raiders play­ers were on show at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park for the fi­nal round of the Vik­ing Cup Club Cham­pi­onships on Fri­day night.

The un­der 10s Surt Fire Gi­ants went head to head with Oden’s Ghost Rid­ers for their fi­nals clash on the night, run­ning away with a 15-5 vic­tory.

More than 100 ju­nior Raiders play­ers gath­ered to sup­port the two sides af­ter an im­pres­sive six week sea­son.

Whit­sun­day Ju­nior Raiders pres­i­dent Shar­ron Pratt said all play­ers had im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly.

“Many of the play­ers were itch­ing for more games which is why we launched the in­house Vik­ings Cup Club Cham­pi­onships and many of them are look­ing for­ward to build­ing a path­way into the se­nior grades,” she said.

“The kids have been so in­spired by the se­nior play­ers through the school camps in the hol­i­days so they know a lot of them per­son­ally which is great for build­ing their confi- dence in the sport.” Many of the young Raiders trav­elled with their fam­i­lies to watch the Whit­sun­day Raiders A grade and re­serves dou­ble premier­ship win over the Kut­tabul Camel­boks in Mackay on Satur­day.

A grade player Martin Roveda, who was vol­un­teer­ing at the Vik­ings Cup Club Cham­pi­onships, said there was some great tal­ent com­ing through the club.

“They are a great bunch of ded­i­cated young play­ers and need to keep train­ing and im­prov­ing their skills,” he said.

“We are happy to give the younger play­ers our sup­port and it is great when we hear them cheer­ing us on in our games.”

Ju­nior Raiders play­ers want­ing to play in the Bur­dekin rugby union car­ni­val on Oc­to­ber 19, can reg­is­ter their in­ter­est by email­ing info@whit­sun­dayrugby.com.

The 10-a-side com­pe­ti­tion will be open to boys and girls in un­der 10s, un­der 12s and un­der 14s.

YOUNG GUNS: Whit­sun­day Ju­nior Raiders coaches Wil­liam Pratt, Steve Ward and James Smith with the un­der 10s Surts Fire Gi­ants who took out the Vik­ings Cup (back) Josh Doolan, Thomas Fuller, Re­gin Pratt, Tim Gottschart, Jack Brisky, An­gus Cochrane, (mid­dle) Josie Bates, Lochlan Goldie, Mack­aly Wake, Ned O'Reily, (front) Ethan Hoff­man, Os­car Dolan and Casey Mathews at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park last Fri­day.

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