Fourth time is a charm for South West Country
LEAGUE: With a series of thrilling games at the Outback Rugby League Carnival on Saturday, the boys from South-West Country proved that they were kings of the outback for the fourth year in a row.
Emerging victorious in both their matches against Central West and Mt Isa, the boys in blue were out to impress the selection committee for the prestigious Outback Queensland Team, which was determined by officials from Queensland Rugby League.
Their match against Mt Isa served as a fitting wrap-up for the carnival, with the northern troopers taking some easy tries and exploiting their defence in the first half.
But South West Country crawled back thanks to a series of good runs and conversions from sharpshooter Charlie Adams, and proceeded to “blow them [Mt Isa] out of the park” according to coach Luke Brosnan.
Brosnan, who seen his players through the last four carnivals, said it was always a team effort that brought them success.
“Any footy has rivalries, but when you get them together as a group it’s hard to have a bad word against them,” he said.
“To win both games is a big step to get as many into the Outback Side.”
Commenting on the future of the Outback Carnival, Brosnan said it was a great opportunity to get some of the unnoticed talent in the region out onto the field.
“It’s a great concept, and the more we can share it around the region the better,” he said.
“It’s always hard to plan, but Mitchell have done a great job and Roma League have supported it all the way.”
Mt Isa coach Alan Bailley said it was a terrific game of football from both sides, with both sides playing courageously through the match.
“I’m very proud of the boys; at the end of the day football is a tremendous sport and the main notion is the sportsmanship and bringing everyone together,” he said.
In the U20s, the Southern Outback team didn’t hold up in the first round against Northern outback, but then swept the competition in their second game 42-14.