The Jason Hetherington Cup begins today and brings together 15 teams to fight it out for the honour.
The Jason Hetherington Cup begins today and brings together 15 teams to fight it out for the honour. File

Boots on for cup battle

WITH State of Origin fever now passing, attention turns to Gladstone today to find out who is the best under-12s league team in the state.

The Jason Hetherington Cup co-ordinator Brian Pengelly said 13 clubs from across the state had entered 15 teams in the competition, and the standard of rugby league played over the weekend would be high.

The carnival gets underway today at Briffney Creek, bringing together under-12s teams from as far away as Cairns, Brisbane and Toowoomba.

“We’d like to thank the teams travelling for coming to the carnival and we appreciate them making the effort,” Pengelly said.

The focus of the tournament was on fun, making friends and getting to experience representative football.

“It will also help them with their local footy when they go back to their comps,” Pengelly said.

Gladstone region teams have a strong presence at the carnival.

“It’ll be an eye-opener for them when they come up against the visiting teams,” Pengelly said.

He said the fields would hold up, regardless of the weather and spectators would be treated to an excellent display of football.

Entry is by gold coin donation and all the proceeds got to the junior league.

Games get underway from 10.50am, and the final will be played on Sunday at 11am.



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