CREAM OF THE CROP: Action from the U10s Elders Shield Rugby League tournament, played by schools across the Maranoa.
CREAM OF THE CROP: Action from the U10s Elders Shield Rugby League tournament, played by schools across the Maranoa. Tom Gillespie

Gallery: Maranoa kids show off skills in U10s league carnival

TAKE a good look at these boys and girls here - because they could well be the next Darren Lockyer or Arthur Beetson.

The Maranoa's Elders Shield Under-10s Carnival is wrapping up soon, with some of the region's finest young footy players showing off their skills in front plenty of screaming fans (who just happened to be their parents) on Saturday at Roma State College's Middle Campus.

The top two teams will fight it out on August 13, but for St John's White captain for the day Luke Padbury the competition was all about having fun.

"It was really good out there today - we were good in defence,” he said.

"I just like having fun and playing with friends.”

St John's White coach Neil Maclachlan said he was proud of his boys (and one girl) for their effort shown throughout the day.

"Our guys are playing really good football - we've had a couple of kids who've never played before and considering at the start of the year when they were flat out catching a ball, now they're quite confident,” he said.

"They're just growing as players and I couldn't be any happier.

"Whether they make the grand final or not I couldn't be prouder of them.”

The Elder's Shield wasn't the only junior footy being played on Saturday in Roma, with the annual Footy and Fillies Race Day featuring hundreds of under-8s players at Bassett Park in the morning.

Katrina Hollingworth, who is part of the F&F Race Day Committee, said the event was a huge success.

"The kids out there had a blast - they were pretty much exhausted by the end of the day, what with all the footy and activities they took part it,” she said.


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