Mitchell Bourke in possession for Darling Downs at Goondiwindi.
Mitchell Bourke in possession for Darling Downs at Goondiwindi. Contributed

Mitch had a big order to tackle

RUGBY UNION: The Scots PGC College student Mitchell Bourke wasn't fazed tackling players up to 115kg in the Queensland under-12 primary school championships at Goondiwindi.

Mitchell was one of two players from the Southern Downs and Inglewood region in the Darling Downs team.

Angus Clark, who goes to Inglewood State School and plays juniors for Goondiwindi, was Darling Downs flyhalf and player of the carnival for his region.

"I tackled the big fellow who was 115 kilograms a couple of times," he said.

"The key was to go around the legs and hang on."

Two players in the Darling Downs team were more than 70kg.

Mitchell set up two tries and was punishing in defence in wins against Peninsula (35-7) and Capricornia (24-0) to help the Downs side win the Country Cup for supremacy among non-metropolitan regions.

He won the official player of the match award against Peninsula on the second day of the carnival.

A day earlier, he started on the bench and came on after 15 minutes to score a try from his first touch of the ball in state championship rugby union.

Darling Downs went down 33-7 to Metropolitan-East and 19-12 to South Coast on the first day at Goondiwindi.

On the final day of the carnival, Darling Downs 12-7 to Sunshine Coast. Metropolitan North won the carnival.

Coach David Wiggin moved the Warwick Water Rats junior from wing to inside centre after his first day performance and he received as much game time as any player in the squad.

Mitchell has also represented Darling Downs in cricket and is currently part of the squad training for final selection for the U13 side for the 2013-2014 season. He is also in the Southern Downs team to compete in the Darling Downs athletics championships in the 100m and 200m.

"I can't decide whether I prefer cricket or rugby. I want to continue to play both," Mitchell said.

"I like the running side of rugby and prefer batting to bowling in cricket. My favourite distance in athletics is 100 metres."

Mitchell's cousin Finn Campbell (Toowoomba Grammar), who has a Clifton connection, scored three tries from fullback for Darling Downs at the championships.



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