Junior rugby stars shine at Viking Cup in Whitsundays
THE best junior rugby talent in the region was on display for all to see at the weekend, as the Whitsunday Raiders hosted the second ever Viking Cup.
Teams from Burdekin, Mackay and the Central Highlands tackled the youth carnival on Saturday at the Whitsunday Sportspark, making for the biggest event on record.
Under-8s, 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s put their best feet forward, but the day wasn’t as much about results as it was sportsmanship and participation.
Whitsunday Raiders Junior Rugby Union president Sharron Pratt was pleased with how the day went, and hoped to continue building the annual carnival.
“It’s been great, the kids are having a great time,” she said.
“There are still three more carnivals this season so there’s still time to get in- volved.” Mackay Junior Rugby Union president Michele Jensen said the Whitsunday club was extremely accommodating.
“It’s a great carnival and the boys and girls are enjoying the day,” she said.
“We’ve had positive feedback from children and parents. Whitsunday has done a wonderful job producing a draw, food and first aid...it’s been outstanding.”Jensen also said it was a positive move from a club perspective to network with other organisations and also enables players to develop their skills in a different environment and against foreign opposition.
The Whitsunday Junior Rugby season is only just starting and the club is still taking expressions of interest.
For more information on junior rugby visit the club’s website at www.whitsundayrugby.com.au.
FAST FEET: Scott Nicholson dances down the sideline during the Saturday's Viking Cup hosted by the Whitsunday Raiders.
FAST BREAK: Regin Pratt charges down the field on Saturday during the Viking Cup at the Whitsunday Sportspark.