Scrums converge in memory of Anton
BONECRUNCHING tackles and long passes will be the order of the day as the Anton Toia Carnival kicks off tonight at Across The Waves Sports Complex.
The two-day schoolboys' tournament, which is in its fifth year, will be played in memory of former rugby supporter Anton Toia, who tragically died in June 2001.
Toia, who lived for a short time at Bucca, spent the previous 14 years assisting touring international rugby teams on their visits to Australia.
The carnival has grown over the years, with this year marking the first at which primary schools have fielded sides.
Bundaberg District Rugby Union development officer Matt Price said the carnival was a great way to advance the sport among juniors.
"We hope this will be a stepping stone for the younger players to continue the game as they go through the ranks,'' Price said.
Ten schools from throughout the district will take part, with competition in primary, under-13, under-15 and open divisions.
Games kick off today at 5pm, resuming at 9am tomorrow, running through to finals at 3.30pm.