Bushrangers outgunned in carnival
ROBBIE Morris, Sam Martin, Jason Wilmot and Matthew Rudd were four of the best players as the Border Bushrangers lost their three games in the 47th Battalion Trophy weekend carnival in Bundaberg.
Border president Steve McEvoy said the overall effort was good against a stronger side.
“Our whole focus was to stick to a game plan and do the best we could,” McEvoy said.
“You couldn’t question their commitments, they just weren’t good enough on the day.
“While the loss (62-0) to Bundaberg on Sunday was disappointing, the Border effort looked a lot better as Bundaberg had runaway wins in the semi-final and grand final.
“Bundaberg is a couple of rungs in class above the others and it is much easier to play a carnival at home.”
Last season, Tenterfield Tigers players filled 40 percent of the representative spots.
This season, Tenterfield has moved to Group 19 but the Border stocks have increased by the addition of the Warwick Rebels in two grades and Wallangarra in reserve grade.
“It was hard to replace seven (Tenterfield) players straight away,” McEvoy said.
“Good on the guys who took their hats off for Border.
“Coach Carlo Napolitano has indicated this was to be his last year as he is coaching Italy in the World Cup qualifiers.”
McEvoy said the coach commented in Bundaberg at the weekend that he would love to work with young players like Stanthorpe props Matt Rudd and Kyle Marsh and Killarney player Tom Sharman.
“Carlo sees that trio and others as developing players who are keen to listen and learn.”
Toowoomba, which included Wattles player Luke Baker and former Wattles player Brendan Crouch, showed they were a force to be reckoned with on the first day, accounting for Gladstone 28-6 and Burnett 24-16.
Toowoomba finished day one ahead in their group but lost 16-12 to Sunshine Coast on Sunday morning. Toowoomba lost the semi-final to eventual winners Bundaberg 50-12. Toowoomba forward Eugene Seddon made the Central division side.