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Luke Schofield for Sunshine Coast Black charges at the defence on Saturday in the 47th Battalion Rugby League competition at Albert Park.
Luke Schofield for Sunshine Coast Black charges at the defence on Saturday in the 47th Battalion Rugby League competition at Albert Park. Gympie Times

SUNSHINE Coast Black has steamrolled the opposition at the 47th Battalion Trophy held in Gympie at the weekend.

Sunshine Coast Black (the southern end of the Coast) won the under-13s and the under-14s in two action-packed days of junior Wide Bay rugby league.

Black beat teams Sunshine Coast Gold, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and the Burnett to win the titles.

Gympie is included in the Sunshine Coast Gold side.

The under-14 Black side was so strong they didn't have a point scored against them during the two days of the competition.

The under-13 side had only six points scored against them.

Wide Bay Regional co-ordinator John Bignell said the black teams were dominant on the field.

"They were very strong," Bignell said.

"Too big too and too strong and they were very well prepared by their coaches."

Bignell also heaped praise on the Gympie Junior Rugby League for its organisation of the event.

"Once again they have shown everyone how to run a carnival," Bignell said.

"Ivan Friske and all his people turned on a great show."

Gympie Junior Rugby League spokesman Ivan Friske said it was a great weekend of football.

He said it was pretty wet on Saturday but the sun came out on Sunday and plenty of people turned up to watch the football, filling the grandstand.

It is the first time in seven years Gympie has held the two-day carnival.

"It was good for the club," Friske said.

"There was a lot of organisation and hard work done by a lot of people.

"Overall everything went really well; we were congratulated by all the visiting coaches, referees and officials from Wide Bay."

Friske said there was about 900 people at Albert Park on Saturday and said there was even more on Sunday.

He thanked everyone who volunteered at the event and helped out in any small way.

"It would have been good for the town," Friske said.

"A lot of people stayed in town overnight."

The 47th Battalion Trophy is a memorial to the 47th Battalion which fought in the Second World War.

The battalion had its headquarters in Maryborough, but drew on men from all over the Wide Bay region.

The trophy was donated in 1971 by Bundaberg's Peter Marcellos who migrated from Greece and served in the battalion.

It was his tribute to the memory of fallen comrades during the battles of the Second World War.

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