Bartley leads Cities' charge over the Mitchell Magpies
BEING one of the smallest men on the field didn't stop Cameron Bartley racking up eight points on the board and putting the bigger fellas in their place.
The 170cm dummy-half was an integral part of Cities' 36-12 blitz of the Mitchell Magpies in A-Grade on Sunday.
Weighing in at 71kg, 17-year-old Bartley was able to take down the bigger of the Magpies including powerhouse Paulie Mitchell.
"Those were my first two tries in A-Grade - it was definitely a monkey off my back," he said.
The Roma teenager has been putting on the blue and white jersey for both the Under-18 side and A-Grade this year.
"I only played about ten minutes for the Under-18s but the A-Grade is so much faster with bigger hits against grown men," he said.
In the A-Grade and just two metres from the Magpies' try-line, Bartley pushed through the black and white jerseys to put Cities in the lead. "When you're going up against guys that size you put your body on the line and hope for the best," he said.
The weather wasn't kind to the home side, with the Magpies surrendering multiple sets that ultimately led to 12 points on the board against them thanks to dropped balls.
Next weekend Cities will take on the Wallumbilla-Surat Red Bulls in Surat.
"The Red Bulls always come out firing and there's a lot of rivalry there, so it's going to be a tough game," Bartley said.
"It will probably be my toughest A-Grade game to date."