All about tradition when it comes to Bundy Eels

TRADITION CONTINUES: Bundaberg Eels' players are ready for the weekend's action at Rockhampton. L-R: Jared Tanner, Willie Nagas, Corey Tanner, Matt Tanner, Kyle Laybutt, Ian Ell, Andrew Mason. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
TRADITION CONTINUES: Bundaberg Eels' players are ready for the weekend's action at Rockhampton. L-R: Jared Tanner, Willie Nagas, Corey Tanner, Matt Tanner, Kyle Laybutt, Ian Ell, Andrew Mason. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

A GROUP of rugby league players will continue a family tradition this weekend when they go to Rockhampton to contest the Reconciliation Cup.

Teams from the Torres Strait to Brisbane will hit the field, and for Bundaberg's squad it's a chance to repeat the success of 27 years ago when the Bundaberg Eels brought home the trophy.

One of Bundaberg rugby league's personalities, Andrew Mason, said the carnival was a great chance to not only get some pre-season match practice, but also build something more important.

"We all used to watch our uncles and fathers go away and play good, hard football together," Mason said.

"Now we've got the chance to keep that going by building community spirit through our sport."

Along with the best regional indigenous talent, some NRL stars have made appearances in the past.

Chris Sandow, Rhys Wesser, Sean Hoppe and Ken Nagas are just some of the players to take to the field.

The Eels will be aiming to go one better than last year when they were defeated in the grand final, and Corey Tanner says the players' knowledge of each other's game style will definitely help.

"We know how each other plays because 95% of the players come from Bundaberg and Hervey Bay and we play against each other every week," Tanner said.

"I think it's a pretty good team with players like Matt Templeman, Clinton Horne and Matt Tanner playing together."



Clinton Horne

Lyal Darby

Matt Templeman

Jarrod Johnson

Willie Nagas

Matt Tanner

Josh Tanner

Hayden Mosby

Jessie Tass

Corey Tanner

Ian Ells

Tyrone Hopgood

Andrew Mason

Quentin Olive

Jared Tanner

Jimmy Pritchard

Mickey Petitt

Jeremy Gala

Nathan Sullivan

Hayden Priestly

Brendan Bramm

Kyle Laybutt

Blake Olive

Solly Little

Kane Chapman

Topics:  rugby league

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