UNBEATEN: Warwick and Southern Downs was unbeaten in the zone 5, under-43kg rugby league carnival at Clifton this week.
UNBEATEN: Warwick and Southern Downs was unbeaten in the zone 5, under-43kg rugby league carnival at Clifton this week. Gerard Walsh

Our little league players claim victory in Clifton carnival

RUGBY LEAGUE: Warwick and Southern Downs beat Western Downs 14-0 on Friday morning to win the zone 5 under-43kg carnival at Clifton.

The Warwick and Southern Downs team had six wins and a draw in seven games.

The win is a triumph for coach Ross Thorne and his coaching staff.

Thorne rated forwards Ryan Bohm and Will Riley as his best in a game which was effectively a grand final.

"Our line speed and defence was too good for Western Downs,” Thorne said.

"I went into our game this morning quietly confident we could win.”

In seven games, Warwick and Southern Downs only conceded 46 points to win for the second time in three years. They now have 12 carnival wins since the first carnival in 1966.

Thorne's aim at the start of the carnival was to give every player similar time on the field, which he achieved.

Three teams were equal runners-up - Balonne Barwon, Western Downs and South Burnett.

Balonne Barwon beat Cunnamulla 24-12 on Friday morning while the South Burnett beat Macintyre in the last game of the day.

Warwick and Southern Downs had four players - Eli Costello, Bohm, Riley and Nikolas Talbot - in the City side that beat Country 12-6. Costello scored a try and converted in the win.

Fullback Cooper Murray won best back for Warwick, Bohm was best forward and Malachi Hickling the most improved.

Nikolas Talbot, Will Riley, Bohm and Murray were named in the team of the carnival.

Billy Peardon won best back for Central Downs, Dante Shepherd-Picton was best forward and Cameron McKinney was the most improved.

Peardon, Dante Shepherd-Picton, Jason Deehan and Charlie Smith were the Central Downs players in the City side. Shepherd-Picton made the carnival team.

For Macintyre, Lucas Clark was best back, Will Gall was best forward and Will Ramsey was most improved. Clark, Cameron Donadel, Oscar Vulovick and Will Gall made the City team.

Central Downs secretary Christine Peardon said the carnival was a great success.

"The players said awesome and fantastic when asked about the success of the carnival,” she said.

"There were no major injuries.”

Round 7 Scores: Warwick and CD 14 d Western Downs 0, Balonne Barwon 24 d Cunnamulla 12, Wynnum 26 d Central Downs 6, South Burnett 12 d Macintyre 0



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