STANDOUT: Ashleigh Isaacs, the Darling Downs Red player’s player of the carnival, runs the ball during the grand final against Capricornia.
STANDOUT: Ashleigh Isaacs, the Darling Downs Red player’s player of the carnival, runs the ball during the grand final against Capricornia.

Red unit carnival runner-up

THE Darling Downs Red side was narrowly defeated in the grand final of the 12 Years and Under Girls Rugby League Carnival at Eastern Suburbs yesterday.

The carnival featured five teams from six districts, with two sides from the Darling Downs region.

With scores locked at 6-all, Capricornia scored a try in the dying minutes to claim back-to-back trophies with a 12-6 victory, following on from their win in the same tournament in Hervey Bay last year.

Darling Downs Red coach David Wigan said he was proud of his side despite going down in the final.

"It's exciting if you win but the girls played well all weekend and it was rewarding to be in the final anyway," Wigan said.

"It was always going to be tough.

"Field position is always important and they had it at the end when we were trying to level it up.

"You feel for the girls and want them to win but they were still happy to get as far as they did."

Wigan said he felt Capricornia just wanted it slightly more.

"They were probably a bit more determined in defence," he said.

"That was probably one difference.

"But they also had more field position throughout the game and they took their chances.

"When they had a chance, they took it whereas we had our opportunities but just couldn't quite convert them into points."

This year's carnival was the third instalment of the tournament, with organisers hopeful Eastern Suburbs will host it again next year, after Hervey Bay hosted the first two years.



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