U12 league carnival shapes up as sponsors join
THE Jason Hetherington Cup is still four months away, but already organiser Brian Pengelly is certain it will be the best yet.
After a record 34 teams last year, Pengelly said that number would be about all the competition could accommodate this time.
But having held the under 12 rugby league carnival for a few years, he said the operations side would make sure the kids had more fun than ever.
In doing so, the more sponsors he had, the more money it would mean to help kids enjoy their carnival.
Already Pengelly's wish is coming true, with the Australia Manufacturing Workers Union helping the carnival out.
"They are throwing $2500 at us for the carnival," he said.
"Without the local support we can't get this running at its best."
While the teams come from all over Queensland to the Hetherington Cup, Pengelly runs it mainly to help the local clubs.
Playing against the most advanced players at the carnival teaches the Gladstone players lessons, which is why he started it at the outset.