Fierce defence and great attack
THE 41st annual Zone 5 under-10s carnival kicked off on June 27 with a team of boys from the local district all representing Central Downs.
This team had been in training for eight weeks at Clifton's Platz Oval under coach and living legend Neil Wilson, with management team Ian Brady and Rob Gilmore helping out.
The boys started off a little slow, with the opening two games resulting in losses to the carnival's eventual second-placed team Balonne Barwon and eventual equal-first-placed Brisbane side Wynnum.
On the Tuesday the team came out ready to play and defeated local neighbours McIntyre 26-12.
Their next game was against a strong Roma side. Central Downs were 22-0 down at half-time but dug deep in the second half, gaining the respect of Roma.
Wednesday saw the boys defeat Cunnamulla 34-0 in a highly entertaining game for the many family members in attendance.
The afternoon fixture was against the other equal-first-placed Western Downs.
Central Downs held Western scoreless for the second half in a character-building game for the boys.
Thursday, the boys came up against a strong Murrumba Downs side and played good football in a hard game.
They followed this game with a convincing win over a strong Redcliffe Dolphins team, running out 26-18 winners.
Friday's final fixture was a rugged affair, with brutal defence and electrifying attack keeping the vocal supporters entertained.
Centrals came away winners 26-14 after the scores were locked 10-all at half-time.
Major awards were won by Leyburn boy Dylan Hounslow Cullen (best forward), Allora boy Lachlan Henry (best back), and Pilton boy Darcy Brady (most improved).
Dylan Hounslow Cullen and Lachlan Henry were chosen to represent Country in a City V Country game where both boys dominated for Country.
Coach Wilson was extremely proud of the boys who also managed to collect the most-improved team of the carnival.
All the boys should be proud of their conduct at the carnival.
The team was Toby Gilmore, Cameron Lyons, Mitchell Potter, Kaelum Fraser Bellete, Sam Ogden, William Flynn, Cody Beckhouse, Tyler Gillam, Dylan Hounslow Cullen, Ted Vary, Matthew Christensen, Darcy Brady, Lachlan Henry, Nick Brown and Jacob Blades.