The winning St Brendan Brothers team pictured with Jason Hetherington.
The winning St Brendan Brothers team pictured with Jason Hetherington. Chrissy Harris

Brothers in arms for a cup success

ST BRENDAN Brothers Brisbane has taken out the annual Jason Hetherington Cup held at Briffney Creek Fields at the weekend.

The rugby league event, which kicked off Friday, featured under-12s club teams from across Queensland.

St Brendan Brothers Brisbane defeated Edmonton Storm Cairns 24-12 in a grand final match yesterday.

Innisfail Cowboys and North Ipswich Tigers rounded off the top four teams in the carnival.

Valleys Diehards Gladstone came third in their pool, while Calliope was awarded the Encouragement Award. Gladstone Brothers also played well.

Carnival co-ordinator and founder Brian Pengelly said the carnival was a success and the weather was great.

“I'd like to give a rap to the referees who were all trainees,” Pengelly said.

“There was a lot of positive feedback of their skills and standards.

“I'd especially like to thank our local sponsors and all of the volunteer committee members.”

The event is in its second year with Brothers Bulldogs Mackay winning the last tournament.

“Next year we are looking for more numbers with Rockhampton and Bundaberg hoping to be included,” Pengelly said.

The teams this year came from Cairns, Brisbane, Mackay and Gladstone.

Fifteen teams participated with Gladstone Brothers and Gladstone Valleys each entering two teams, including an under-11s side.

Jason Hetherington was thrilled the carnival was such a success, and spectators and families were treated to excellent football.

“The standard and quality of footy was very high,” he said.

“The final could have gone either way and St Brendan's was a little bit more dominant.

“The Innisfail Cowboys beat them in the first match and St Brendan's got their payback. It was a terrific game.”

The way the kids conducted themselves throughout the weekend was a very pleasing aspect, Hetherington said, and the spirit shown by the 15 teams was excellent. “If they're having fun, consequently they play good footy,” he said. “The skills and ability were phenomenal for 11- and 12-year-olds.”

A handful of players from the Queensland under-12s team was playing for their respective teams at the carnival.



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