Juniors overcome Warwick's drought
AN 11-year drought for the Warwick team was broken when the week-long Junior Rugby League Zone 5 Under 43kg carnival drew to a close yesterday.
Warwick last took the top prize in 1999, with some of that team now playing for the Warwick Cowboys.
The carnival involved teams from across south-east Queensland, including from Cunnamulla, Wynnum, McIntyre, Balonne/Barwina, South Burnett and representative teams from Central and Western Downs.
Runners-up in the competition Wynnum had not been beaten by the Warwick team in eight years.
Western Downs placed third on the ladder with Central Downs and McIntyre tied for fourth position.
The carnival ended with a City vs Country match with the City coming out victorious after 40 minutes of play.
At half time, City were in the lead with a score of 16 to 4.
Scoring the first try of the second half, Country looked as though they were in for a comeback yet these hopes were dashed when City sealed the game with the last try, converting with six minutes left on the clock.
The lucky conversion was made after bouncing off the post to take the City to 26 beating Country on 10.
Warwick showed finesse in the game with two of its players receiving the top carnival awards of Best Back to Angus Croft and Best Forward to Brad Morrish.
Overall, the Player of the Carnival was awarded to Wynnum player Nathan Bell.
Bell was stoked with his trophy, which had previously been awarded to a young Darren Lockyer in his junior days.
Warwick named their top players of the carnival with captain Harry Sullivan awarded Best Back, Lewis Taylor named Best Forward and the prize for the Most Improved going to Zack Stevens.
Speaker at the presentation Bart Sullivan thanked all the families and organisers of the event, especially the hospitality of the families who took on the 26 players billeted so they could attend.
“It's great to see so many parents out there supporting and cheering on the boys,” he said.
“It's also good to see the great attitude that the boys played with out there.”
The week proved to be a great success with parents and players alike despite the cold weather.