Carnarvon Cubs claw their way to grand final victory
RUGBY LEAGUE: In what started as a week of scrambling for players, two teams banded together, defeating the odds stacked against them and won the under-14s Broncos 9s competition.
Teams from around the Roma district attended the tournament, including the Benderoo Bulls, Saints, StGeorge, Lightning Ridge, Wandoan and Carnarvon Cubs.
The boys played in a 9s format, which incorporated nine-minute halves with nine players on the field.
It was the Carnarvon Cubs who took out the grand final but it wasn't an easy road for them to get there.
Cubs manager Angela Heath said because it was at the end of the normal season the Cubs were carrying a few injuries.
"We had a few injuries and due to a wedding that took away the coaches, trainers and a number of players from Mitchell, they couldn't submit a team so we said 'come and play for us',” Heath said.
"Mitchell's Carter Jones, Jacob O'Toole, Malcolm Mitchell and Sam Brooks came down and, boy, did they play well. Everyone just gelled so well on the day, we are so proud of them and it was such a fantastic way to end the season.”
Cubs beat the Barbarians 10-8 in the grand final.
Cubs team list included coach Boomer Kennedy, water boy Geoff Preston and players Brody Patterson, Connor Lacy, Ethan Preston, Bailey Knapp, Denium O'Brien, Oscar Everingham, Hudson Heath, Daniel Manns, Blake Walton and Willis Bowden.
Jacob O'Toole was named Cubs Player of the Carnival and Connor Lacy was named Player of the Final.
Former Brisbane Broncos premiership winner and Maroons player Casey McGuire was a special guest for the day, travelling out from Tannum Sands and said he was blown away with the talent.
"Not only have I been impressed by the individual brilliance that was on show but also with the attitude and commitment to rugby league by players, parents and coaching staff,” McGuire said.