WINNING FEELING: The Southwest A-Grade team after winning the Outback Carnival in Barcaldine on the weekend.
WINNING FEELING: The Southwest A-Grade team after winning the Outback Carnival in Barcaldine on the weekend. Contributed

Boys from the bush

League: Eager and talented footballers from across the region travelled to Barcaldine at the weekend to compete in the 2018 Queensland Outback Muster.

Players gave it their all for their chance to be selected in the Outback Under 18, Under 20 and A-Grade teams.

The Outback Carnival produced entertaining football played in an environment where the stakes were high.

The Under 18s were the pick of the matches, with nothing separating the Southern Outback and Northern Outback teams.

After two tough games resulting in a draw, the Northern team took out the trophy on a count back, eight tries to seven.

In the A-Grade competition, Southwest proved too strong for both Central West and Northern, winning both games.

The Queensland Outback teams were announced at a dinner presentation at the Barcaldine Town Hall where six players from the western region were chosen to represent the under 18 team, one in the Under 20 and one to play in the A-Grade side.

Charlie Aitken, Matt Beitz, Jordan Jukes, Zac Giddens, Jack Radnedge and Isaiah Shillingsworth made the Under 18 team, Blake Thompson was selected for the Under 20 side and Warren Draper made the A-Grade team.

Under 18s assistant coach Shaun Radnedge was proud of how the boys played, both games resulting in a draw.

"The pleasing part was that the bulk of the players from our area were still 17-years-old.

"It was a great effort from the boys and it just proves how strong our league is.”


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