Clinton School creates rugby league Development Cup history
CLINTON State School's rugby league team has created Gladstone and District ARLF Development Cup history by becoming the first to win back-to-back titles at Marley Brown Oval on Tuesday night.
In a hard-fought encounter, Clinton defeated Calliope State School 20-10 to earn the title of district champions and earn a place in the knockout rounds of the statewide competition.
Clinton shot to an early 10-0 lead with two tries to Ken Roeser in the opening 10 minutes.
Calliope quickly responded and dominated the remainder of the first half by scoring once and finishing just short on a number of occasions to trail Clinton 10-4 at halftime.
Calliope started the second half in similar fashion with a try to Dylan Clements levelling the score 10-10.
This time it was Clinton's turn to hit back, responding with tries to Ben March and Patrick Hides put the result beyond doubt and saw Clinton claim their second premiership in as many years.
Calliope stars Mitchell Hallinan and Clements were outstanding in a narrowly defeated side while Roeser and captain Grant Rodgers provided inspiration for their Clinton teammates.
Clinton now goes on to face the winner of the Biloela region to earn the right to compete in the statewide ARL Development Cup competition.
Players involved in the primary school competition will be involved in tomorrow's Port Curtis representative matches against Bundaberg, again at Marley Brown Oval. The under-11 and under-12 teams will use the games as their final hit-out before the Capricornia selection trials next month while the under-10s will gain valuable experience from their match.
Last year the centres could not be split with Bundaberg winning the under-10 encounter, Port Curtis the under-12 and the under-11 match finishing in a draw.
The games start at 10.30am and serve as curtain-raisers to the Gladstone District Rugby League pre-season finals program.