VICTORIOUS: Central Highlands men's coach Mitch Wyatte with captain Chris Conway after a 24-16 win over South West Country in the plate final.
VICTORIOUS: Central Highlands men's coach Mitch Wyatte with captain Chris Conway after a 24-16 win over South West Country in the plate final. Central Highlands Rugby League

South West Country miss out on 47th Battalion plate

RUGBY LEAGUE: The boys from the bush gave it their all but their efforts were not enough to bring home the cup at the annual Central Region 47th Battalion carnival at the weekend.

South West Country headed to Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday for a knock-out tournament against the best rugby league regions across Queensland.

Last year, South West Country won the plate but this year the side faced fiercer competition.

South West Country coach Wayne Collie said he was extremely proud of the boys' efforts however they were outplayed when it came to size and fitness.

"We held our own considering we had very little preparation leading into the tournament,” Collie said.

"We had one training run on Friday night before the comp however it was bucketing with rain on Saturday morning so we didn't get a chance to run as team before we stepped out on the paddock against Bundaberg.”

South West Country held Bundaberg to 0-4 until half-time but the away side snuck away to win the game 0-24.

The side then played and defeated Wide Bay 12-6, which put them in the plate final against Central Highlands.

Alas, South West Country went down to Central Highlands 16-24.

Collie said although they didn't come away with a win from the 47th battalion Carnival, it was a good stepping stone for the Outback Carnival later this year.

"Very happy regardless,” he said.

"For the boys to go down and play at that level was a fantastic achievement.

"Luke Brosnan was captain and played very well, Jack Just from Roma Cities played well at halfback and had strong defence, Wallumbilla Surat Redbulls John Russo and Floyd Daniel had great games in the forwards and Jackson Green had some strong returns from fullback.”


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