Lachlan Smith works hard to shrug off Hervey Bay defenders.
Lachlan Smith works hard to shrug off Hervey Bay defenders.

Juniors tackle visiting sides

GYMPIE Junior Rugby League president Ross Groundwater has labelled a junior rugby league carnival at the weekend a complete success.

The carnival was held at Albert Park and involved a total of 150 players from Wondai, Hervey Bay and Gympie itself.

In its inaugural year, Groundwater said the carnival was conceived to complement existing carnivals held by Hervey Bay and Wondai.

“It’s worked very well and we hope to have it a regular fixture on the calendar each year,” he said.

Age groups taking part in the event included under 8s, 10s and 12s.

Under 8 and 10 players participated in games without scoring, while under-12 players turned up the competitive dial and battled it out to see which centre could have boasting rights.

A Gympie team played Hervey Bay in the final but fell short of toppling the visitors.

The victory for Hervey Bay continued an unbeaten run throughout the carnival.

The carnival also served as an opportunity for Gympie junior referees to blow the cobwebs out of their whistles as they kept order on the fields.

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