Ris­ing to a chal­lenge

Western Ringers U14 side gear­ing up for week­end’s big grand fi­nal

Western Times - - SPORT - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@west­ern­starnews.com

RUGBY LEAGUE: It may be their first year as a team, but the Western Ringers have de­fied odds and made it to the Ju­nior Roma and District Rugby League grand fi­nal this week­end.

The un­der-14 side, made up of seven Charleville play­ers, five from Mitchell and four from Cun­na­mulla, will go head to head against St Ge­orge at Arthur Beet­son Oval in Roma.

Coach Shane Pea­cock said the team had en­joyed a suc­cess­ful year so far.

“We have only lost two games for the sea­son, one be­ing be­cause we had to for­feit due to too many boys be­ing in a rep­re­sen­ta­tive side.

“We have had some good com­pe­ti­tion against St Ge­orge this sea­son and we are blessed to have a few strong play­ers, so hope­fully we can get up and win,” Pea­cock said.

The Western Rugby League de­cided to help or­gan­ise a side for the U14s be­cause there pre­vi­ously wasn’t op­por­tu­nity to play rugby league once fin­ished with the un­der-12 ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion.

Western Rugby League rep­re­sen­ta­tive co­or­di­na­tor Shaun Radnedge said the team opened up a path­way for young foot­ballers.

“The Western Rugby League took on the re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­ter the U14 Western Ringers side into the Roma com­pe­ti­tion and it is great to see them be­ing able to play footy,” Radnedge said.

“Now that there isn’t a se­nior league com­pe­ti­tion in our area, it will hope­fully en­cour­age them to play in the fu­ture,” Pea­cock added.

The Western Ringers will travel to Mitchell on Fri­day for a train­ing ses­sion ahead of the ‘big dance’ on Satur­day.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CRUNCH TIME: The Western Ringers are head­ing into the U14 grand fi­nal against St Ge­orge this week­end.

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