Bushrangers go well in Bundaberg
THE Border Bushrangers team might be a team from five little towns between Killarney and Texas but they beat the might of Rockhampton 18-16 on Saturday in the 47th Battalion Cup Carnival in Bundaberg.
Pat Toohey, Nathan Shatte and Sean Asquith scored tries for Border and Toohey landed three goals.
The score was 12-all at halftime against Rockhampton.
In its second game on Saturday, Border beat Burnett 16-6. Daniel Werthenbach, Marc McGrady and Pat Toohey scored tries and Toohey landed two goals.
In its final round game yesterday, Border went down 16-0 to Sunshine Coast.
Border then lost 48-0 to a Bundaberg side which then beat Toowoomba 20-14 in the grand final.
The Toowoomba team, which included four Warwick Cowboys players, beat Bundaberg and Central Highlands in round games and lost to Gladstone. In its semi-final, Toowoomba beat Sunshine coast.
Carlo Napolitano said the weekend results by the Border side he co-coaches with Peter Shatte were sensational.
“To win one game was a really good result but to win two and make the semi-finals was not in our wildest dreams,” Napolitano said.
“It was a great effort by all players; I expect some will make the Central division team.”
Six of the best for Border were Geoff Swan, Nathan Shatte, Brent Bennett, Jason Edmondstone and the Watts brothers, Jamie and Brett.
As the top two teams in the carnival, Bundaberg and Toowoomba have progressed in the XXXX Challenge competition which culminates with a final against the top team from New South Wales in a curtain raiser to the third State of Origin game in Sydney.
Club footy resumes this weekend in the Toowoomba league with Warwick at home to Newtown on Sunday. The Wattles club is drawn to play Souths.
In the Border League, Stanthorpe is at home to Texas and Tenterfield hosts Inglewood.
Killarney has the bye in the Border League.