Mas­sive turnout for Paul Bow­man chal­lenge

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE

HUN­DREDS of ju­nior rugby league play­ers and their fam­i­lies de­scended on Proser­pine over the week­end for the an­nual Paul Bow­man Chal­lenge.

For­mer Queens­land ori­gin player and North Queens­land Cow­boys le­gend re­turned to his home town for the tour­na­ment that bears his name as the best un­der-11 teams from across the state played their hearts out at the Proser­pine ju­nior sport­ing grounds. Brah­mans vol­un­teer and event or­gan­sier Leanne Hoff­man gave a huge thank you to ev­ery­one that came to help out over the week­end.

“With­out peo­ple like them we could not hold such a suc­cess­ful car­ni­val. We had won­der­ful feed­back from the many teams with them all say­ing they would be back again,” she said.

“What a bunch of cham­pi­ons we had in our Paul Bow­man team, they won the re­lay to­day. They are the first Prossy team to win any­thing at the Paul Bow­man Chal­lenge, and to top it off, the first Prossy team to win a re­lay at any car­ni­val the club has been in­volved with over the years.”

The team’s coach Nathan His­cox praised his team’s ef­fort over the we­keend, where they won three out of six games and placed first in the Sam Faust me­mo­rial re­lay, named in mem­ory of the Proser­pine lo­cal and for­mer Cow­boys player.

“The boys started re­ally well, win­ning two out of their first three games and they all had a great time,” he said.

“The whole team played some great football over the week­end, and each and ev­ery one of them should be very proud.”

Townsville club the Western Lions were the over­all win­ners of the event while the team from Green­bank won the par­tic­i­pa­tion award.

YOUNG GUNS: Dempsey Camm, Camp­bell Wil­son, Keiran McGoldrick, Blake His­cox, Ash­ton Sin­nott, Jye Muller, Ma­cauly Wake, Luke Han­d­ley, (back), Ben Nos­wor­thy, Ethan Hoff­mann, Ryan Ben­nett, Will Ber­nett, Ma­lik Tabua, Sean Ryan and Zac Oren­shaw (front) made up the Proser­pine Brah­mans un­der-11 team at this year's Paul Bow­man Cup held over the week­end.

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