Wests go north

WESTERN Suburbs Under-14s rugby league team were rewarded with a berth in Cairns's Tassell Trophy after a fantastic season that saw them romp through the Sugar Cities Challenge and Bundaberg junior competition undefeated.

The boys did themselves proud, recording a big win against Cairns Ivanhoes, narrowly losing to Innisfail and Charters Towers in the last minute.

The Charters Towers game was a great show of team spirit, and all the boys played hard and did it tough in the heat.

They showed true sportsmanship, which was evident to the crowd because they were awarded the Best Team Spirit award for the carnival.

Wests were the first team from the Wide Bay region to compete in the carnival, which is historically dominated by northern centres such as Cairns and Townsville.

The carnival was established to enable young teams to enjoy an end-of-season trip to Cairns for a fun weekend and to play teams they do not play in their normal season.

Coach Mick Laybutt, first aid officer Paul Stevenson and Wests president Wayne Bender were all proud of their efforts and congratulated the boys on a good season.

Thanks to Western Suburbs Leagues Club, Western Suburbs Senior and Junior Rugby League, Retravision, Btransformed Health and Fitness Clinic, Raykirby Pty Ltd, Medlock Bricklaying, Reliance Petroleum and Rum City Milk.

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