Bundaberg miss the finals at the 47th Battalion
A NEW points format has robbed Bundaberg of a place in the final of the 47th Battalion carnival in Roma.
Despite winning all three matches in the competition over their group rivals, the Bears missed the final after not winning enough halves throughout the weekend.
With two points on offer for each half win on top of the two for a regular win, Bundaberg missed out on a finals spot as South West Country made the decider with two more half wins than the Bears.
Bundaberg Rugby League president Mike Ireland said the rules didn't reward those who won matches.
"We won three out of three matches but failed to make the final," he said.
"The team worked their backside off in hot conditions but got no reward for it."
He added the team was gutted to miss the final.
"In our final game we got told we would make the final with a win," he said.
"When we won the game the boys celebrated only to be told they weren't in the final.
"They are absolutely shattered."
A disappointed Dave Pearce couldn't fault his team despite not winning enough halves.
"The team was very good, they did everything I asked of them," the coach said.
"We came back from 18-6 against South West Country to win 28-18 in hot and tough conditions. The boys had a lot of resolve."
Pearce also praised individual players in the team.
"Jake Carl as captain was exceptional with Nathan Sullivan and Rhys Neil also performing well," he said.
"Everyone did their job though and it was a great team effort."
Brothers pair Carl and Sullivan were rewarded for their good performances with selection to the Central Division representative side.
They will be joined by Waves Tiger Rueben Baillie who also got picked.
Meanwhile, the women's Bears team had a mixed campaign as they also missed the final.
After winning against the Central Queensland Capras 6-0 in their opening match, they were outclassed by the Sunshine Coast 50-0 in their second match.
Finally, playing the Capras again, the Bears team lost 16-4 in their final contest for the carnival.
On the women's side, Sheree Jewess was rewarded with selection to the Central Division side.
All players will now return to Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast to prepare for this week's round.