Teams Display their Passion for the Game
Teams from as far north as Normanton, to as far south as Brisbane East inundated the town and put on a display of their talent and their passion for Rugby League.
Central Highlands were well represented with teams from Clermont (Spuds) and Emerald (Tigers), as well as for the very first time, two women’s teams – one from Emerald and one from Clermont.
The ladies competition was fiercely contested between the three competing teams – Clermont, Emerald Tigers and Central West Fillies. The first game between the Fillies and Clermont saw Clermont defeat the Fillies 16 – 8. In the next game, the Clermont girls went down narrowly to the Tigers 14 – 12.
The Emerald Tigers and the CW Fillies then played a draw leaving Clermont on top to take on the Tigers in the final. For the Clermont women, it definitely was a carnival to remember taking out first place after defeating the Emerald Tigers 18 - 10.
The men’s competition involved five teams in Pool A, and six in Pool B. Teams played each other team within their pool in games timetabled every 20 minutes starting from 8.20am.
The finals commenced at 4pm. Easts accounted for Winton in the first quarter final and went through to play the Rockhampton Ringworms who defeated the Replacements in their quarter final.
In the other quarter finals, Clermont defeated Emerald Tigers and had to face up to the CQ Rangers who defeated a very strong Blackall side.
The first semi-final was a one sided affair with East Tigers running over the top of the Rockhampton Ringworms 32-0. The second semi was a much closer affair with the CQ Rangers narrowly defeating the Spuds 16-10.
The Grand Final was the icing on the cake for the East Tigers who did not lose a game all day. They defeated the Rangers in a good tussle 18-6. It was a fitting end to a wonderful day of rugby league.
Congratulations to the members of the Longreach junior and senior leagues for their incredible organisation of the day and thank you Longreach for your hospitality.