Carnival success for young Downs teams
TWO junior Warwick and District teams performed strongly in representative carnivals last weekend.
The Warwick and District Chargers under-15s won the Brimelow Carnival in Bundaberg while the Warwick and Districts Chargers under-12s narrowly finished second in the 2014 Mustang Challenge at Gatton.
There was also individual success for Goondiwindi, with Torben Milton the top try-scorer and Drew Williams named player of the carnival in the Mustang Challenge, while Jamal Woodbridge attracted the attention of NRL clubs in the Brimelow Carnival, according to Chargers under-15s coach Geoff Walsh.
Walsh said he couldn't have been more proud of his team.
"We had a lot of tough sessions and travelling the distance (to Bundaberg) wasn't easy either," Walsh said. "We went undefeated in six games at the carnival; I was just really pleased for the boys."
Walsh said he was pleased with his side's structures.
"As a coach, structures and patterns are a big focus and ours were really good," he said.
"Our defensive patterns in particular were really good. I think we only conceded 16 points in six games."
Warwick and District under-12s coach Peter Cavanagh said he was pleased with his players despite falling short.
"I'm quite happy with the result. I thought we played quite well," Cavanagh said.
"All the boys put in, they all did their jobs and they worked well together.
"It was a bloody good team effort."
Cavanagh said the experience of the carnival would serve his side's players well in the future.
"The main thing was to prepare the boys well for future representative carnivals," he said. "I think the experience from the weekend will certainly help them there."