Eels slip away for indigenous footy

RUGBY LEAGUE: The footy season may be done and dusted, but the highlight of the season for the Bundaberg Eels is still to come.

The team left for Brisbane yesterday to compete in the Indigenous All Blacks Rugby League Carnival at Davies Park.

The side, consisting of indigenous players from clubs within the Bundaberg Rugby League competition, have not stopped training since the season came to a standstill in early September.

Boasting the likes of Brothers duo Lyal Darby and Marshall Murphy, Easts workhorse Andrew Mason and captain Waylon Eggmolesse, the excited squad was ready to do battle with the finest indigenous players Queensland has to offer.

“We'll be playing some Queensland Cup players, and teams from Cherbourg, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Ipswich - it will be some pretty handy football,” player-coach Mason said.

'But we're going down there to do well, that's for sure, everyone is pretty keen to get some wins.”

The competition is split into two draws after the first day, with lucky losers playing in a secondary competition, allowing every team a shot at competing against their opposition.

“We are looking at it like two bites of the cherry, but hopefully we can get up on the first day and stay in the main draw,” Mason said.

Their fans just hope these Eels do not come up short like a certain namesake did last weekend.



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