Re­gion’s un­der-11s go west for the sec­ond an­nual Mulga Cup

Charlevill­e plays host to foot­ball’s new stars

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Two years ago over a cou­ple of beers, Ross Wal­ton and An­drew Short had a vi­sion to cre­ate some­thing that Charlevill­e and Dis­trict ju­nior rugby league could call their own.

The Mulga Cup was born, a car­ni­val that would bring the dis­trict to­gether to ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing the game loved by all in the bush.

Charlevill­e ju­nior rugby league pres­i­dent Ross Wal­ton said the two-day car­ni­val was a huge suc­cess, in­creas­ing from six teams in 2018 to 11 this year.

“It gives kids op­por­tu­ni­ties to play foot­ball, and it’s my way of giv­ing back to the town,” Wal­ton said.

“I grew up play­ing foot­ball here and made some great friends so I wanted to give kids here the same chance.

“I know my kids were re­ally happy to be play­ing foot­ball and come up against some re­ally good com­pe­ti­tion and show them what they’ve got.”

Roma Saints had a stel­lar week­end, se­cur­ing sec­ond, nar­rowly be­hind St Ge­orge Drag­ons who took out the car­ni­val.

Man­ager of Roma Saints, Deb Green said the boys im­proved im­mensely as the car­ni­val pro­gressed, win­ning six games and draw­ing the other two.

“Al­though it was quite warm and they played four games each day, they were so driven and so ex­cited to play teams from other ar­eas they had never been able to play be­fore,” she said.

“The qual­ity of foot­ball be­ing played was re­ally good for such young play­ers and they bonded to­gether as a team.

“The car­ni­val was ex­tremely well run and it’s a credit to the or­gan­is­ers what they pulled to­gether."

With 165 kids, and a to­tal of 350 peo­ple descend­ing on the small town, the car­ni­val was a huge boost to Charlevill­e’s econ­omy, with ev­ery mo­tel in town booked out for the week­end.

“One of my par­ents went to the RSL and couldn’t get in, it was that packed,” Wal­ton said.

“We’re so happy that peo­ple made the ef­fort to get there and wanted to thank all our vol­un­teers and the lo­cal coun­cil who got be­hind it.”

Alas­tair MacLach­lan, Reade Bra­zier and Harry Green from Roma Saints and Wil­bur Arthur from the Carnar­von Cubs were se­lected for the Mulga All Stars Team who will go on to play against a Toowoomba and dis­trict side on Oc­to­ber 12-13 in Toowoomba.

PHO­TOS: SO­CIAL ME­DIA / AMY COLLINS

CUP STARS: Roma Saints pose for their team photo at the Mulga Cup.

Mitchell Mag­pies.

Carnar­von Cubs.

Ben­deroo Bulls.

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