Try scoring half-back Nick Ellems offloads the ball in St Patrick’s Primary School 36-8 win over St Marys yesterday at Jack Stokes Oval.
Try scoring half-back Nick Ellems offloads the ball in St Patrick’s Primary School 36-8 win over St Marys yesterday at Jack Stokes Oval. Craig Warhurst

New Wide Bay leaders

ST PATRICK'S Primary School's under-12 rugby league team has just been declared the top team in Wide Bay.

The side claimed a convincing win against Maryborough's St Mary's Catholic Primary School yesterday at Jack Stokes Oval in the play-off for the Wide Bay team title which is part of the Australian Rugby League Development Program Cup.

St Patrick's took a big lead in the second half, after a tight first half which ended with a close 12-8 to St Patrick's.

Coach Eric Ellems said the boys returned to the field ready to fight their way across the try line.

"They just kept working and it paid off," Ellems said, with the team winning 36-8.

Ellems said Ryan Skinner, named man of the match, along with Nick Ellems, Sam Dougdale and Chris Humphris gave stellar performances.

Humphris made a dent in St Mary's defence with damaging runs from full-back.

He said while the team had four Wide Bay rep players including Ellems, Skinner, Humphris and Bailey Parr in its side, there was no shortage of talent all-round.

Ellems said the team was lucky not to depend on a small number of key players.

"One of the good things about the team is that there isn't just one or two good players to rely on.

"The team works well together," he said.

The side will play Capricornia's top team in the next round of the cup and it's hoped that this will be another Gympie home game.

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