Ju­nior rugby stars shine at Vik­ing Cup in Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY UNION

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.

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