Hard battle not enough to take shield
PORT Curtis junior primary school rugby league teams battled hard but could not prevent their Rockhampton counterparts from claiming the Ken MacDonald Shield at Marley Brown Oval on Sunday.
Port Curtis lost all three matches contested on the day but not before giving their opponents a strong challenge in two of the three age divisions.
Port Curtis' under-11 side produced a mighty effort to hold Rockhampton, the Capricornia champions, to a 12-10 victory ? a missed kick at goal preventing the home side from levelling the match.
Also showing plenty of fight was the Port Curtis under-12 line-up which led 6-0 at halftime but were run down in the second half, losing 16-6.
The under-10 encounter was more one-sided with the Rockhampton side, showing the benefit of having played about 10 games together this season, overpowering Port Curtis, in their second match for the year, 50-4.
Port Curtis' players of the match were Calliope State School's Mitchell Hallinan (under-12), Gladstone Central's Tom Dahl (under-11) and Gladstone West's Bayden Brown (under-10).