First Battalion Carnival in Gladstone dubbed a success
HUNDREDS of rugby league players and team officials from throughout Queensland took over Gladstone this weekend for the 47th Battalion Carnival.
Traditionally held in Bundaberg, this weekend marked the first time the long-running carnival was played in Gladstone and it was dubbed a big success by CQ development manager Rex Zeeman.
"It was fantastic," he said.
"Gladstone did a tremendous job."
Teams from as far away as the Sunshine Coast and the Central Highlands competed in a series of games at Marley Brown Oval.
Gladstone A-grade men narrowly missed out on the finals when they drew with Bundaberg in the semis.
Bundaberg went on to defeat Rockhampton 24-6 in the grand final yesterday afternoon, taking home the 47th Battalion trophy.
Gladstone Rugby League president Glenn Butcher said it was disappointing for the Raiders who played to the best of their ability throughout the carnival.
More than 1000 spectators turned out to cheer the Central Queensland Capras to victory against the Northern Pride on Saturday night.
The Central Division men's representative team was officially announced and included six Gladstone players.
Zeeman said the success of the carnival had opened the door to more high-level Queensland rugby league games to be held here in Gladstone.
- Pool A: Toowoomba 44 def. Central Highlands 0, Rockhampton 16 def. Toowoomba 12, Rockhampton 56 def. Central Highlands 10. Final points: Rockhampton 9, Toowoomba 6, Central Highlands 0.
- Pool B: Gladstone 28 def. Sunshine Coast 6, Bundaberg 40 def. Sunshine Coast 10, Gladstone 24 drew Bundaberg 24. Final points: Bundaberg 7½, Gladstone 7½, Sunshine Coast 0. Bundaberg advanced to the final due to a larger points differential (+30).
- Final: Bundaberg 24 def. Rockhampton 6 Player of Final: Lyal Darby (Bundaberg) Player of Carnival: Brent Crisp (Gladstone)
- Central Division Men's Team: Matt Craven (Gladstone), Mal Darkin (Rockhampton), Mat Templeman (Bundaberg), Shaun Collins (Bundaberg), Jay Melrose (Toowoomba), Brent Crisp (Gladstone), Nathan Sullivan (Bundaberg), Sam Capewell (Toowoomba), Daniel Holmes (Toowoomba), Matt Mizzi (Gladstone), Tyrone Hopgood (Bundaberg), Rhys Cooke (Gladstone), Rueben Baillie (Bundaberg), Lyal Darby (Bundaberg), Anthony Flores (Gladstone), Jason Wardrop (Sunshine Coast), Mitch Ireland (Rockhampton), Les Nicholson (Gladstone), Bradley Jung (Bundaberg), Darryl Horstman (Coach).
- Gladstone 30 def. Central Highlands 16, Bundaberg 32 def. Rockhampton 22, Rockhampton 32 def. Gladstone 22, Bundaberg 34 def. Central Highlands 16, Bundaberg 44 def. Gladstone 16, Rockhampton 44 def. Central Highlands 16.
- Final points: Bundaberg 15, Rockhampton 10, Gladstone 4, Central Highlands 1
- Beerwah 24 def. Mustangs 4, Bundaberg 38 def. Capras 0, Beerwah 22 def. Bundaberg 4, Capras 22 def. Mustangs 4, Bundaberg 44 def. Mustangs 4, Beerwah 26 def. Capras 0.
- Final points: Beerwah 15, Bundaberg 10, Capras 5, Mustangs 0
- Central Division Women's Team: Hayley Maddick (Beerwah), Kady Tinker (Bundaberg), Casey Watkins (Capras), Sandy Margerison (Beerwah), Emily Young (Mustangs), Amber Saltner (Bundaberg), Courtney Lockwood (Beerwah), Renay Thomas (Bundaberg), Cassie Cushing (Beerwah), Kate Hardenbol (Beerwah), Nicole Richards (Beerwah), Annette Brander (Beerwah), Sam Beaston (Beerwah), Michaela Peck (Capras), Emmaley McMurdy (Beerwah), Martha Wharewera (Capras), Emma Horton (Beerwah), Emma Robin (Mustangs), Steve Savage (Coach).