Bundy boys get to enjoy a rare home game

BEING part of the Central Crows in the Mal Meninga Cup competition means plenty of travel for nine Bundaberg players, but on Sunday they get to enjoy a rare home game in their busy schedule.

Cody Maughan is one of those players and he couldn't wait to hit the field against the Capricorn Capras in the round three match with his family in the stands.

The Mal Meninga Cup is a state-wide Under-18 competition which runs alongside the Cyril Connell Cup (U16) and the players are exposed to a good standard of rugby league each week.

WELCOME HOME: Bundaberg players and staff from the Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cup teams before their first game in Bundaberg for 2014.
WELCOME HOME: Bundaberg players and staff from the Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cup teams before their first game in Bundaberg for 2014. Zach Hogg BUNCUP

Maughan played in the Cyril Connell Cup last season and said despite the travel he enjoyed the football and noticed an increase in tempo from last year.

"There were heaps of Bundy players in the team which worked really well; we all enjoyed playing together," he said. "This year was different to last year; it was faster playing the older boys."

The bulk of the Crows squad come from Bundaberg and because the rest of the team came from Gladstone, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Gympie, Roma, St George, Blackwater and Emerald the chemistry they built up through their junior years gave them a boost.

Central lost to Mackay 20-14 in round one and the team's coach, Darren Burns, was looking for just one major improvement this week.

"We put a lot of effort into the game against Mackay, all we had to do was hold the ball," Burns said. "That was all I wanted the boys to do different from our last game."

The games will be played at ATW Sports Complex on Thabeban St. Kick-off for the U16s is noon, U18 1.30pm.

Central  Crows

BundY players

Baidon Cooper

Tyson Whaleboat

Jarrod Crook

Cody Maughan

Jesse Marschke

Hayden Herbert

Kyle Spry

Ben Marschke

Tyrone Ward



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