Players have fun in first rugby league in the Broncos Cup
RUGBY LEAGUE: As interest in rugby league is increasing in the run-up to State of Origin, Year 7-10 students from as far as Goondiwindi headed to Warwick for a day of rugby league on Wednesday.
The last game on the main Eastern Suburbs field was the B-grade game between Assumption College and Goondiwindi State High School.
Goondiwindi High took the early lead before Assumption hit their straps to win 26-8.
Two decades ago, the Broncos Cup was played over six Wednesdays but the new concept brings the players to a central spot for the whole of two school days.
As has been the case from the start, the Broncos pay travel expenses which are significant when buses travel from Goondiwindi to Warwick.
The Assumption B-grade team had different captains for its three games, Marty Bell, Lachlan Collins and Matt Watt.
Assumption went down to a combined team and Warwick State High School before the win against Goondiwindi at the end of the carnival.
Watt said he was playing in his second year of Broncos Cup.
"I have been looking forward to the day heaps,” he said.
"It is good to play with your mates from school.”
He played both fullback and second row but said he preferred second row.
"We improved a lot during the day. I am looking forward to the trip to Goondiwindi in a fortnight for the next lot of games and finals,” he said.
There were a number of players in the Assumption team who enjoyed their first school footy on Wednesday.
Three of the new players were Campbell Jessen, Sam Neucom and Tom Durrington.
Neucom plays club football for Collegians but said "it was good to play for my school in Broncos Cup”.
The next rounds and finals in the cup are on June 12 at Goondiwindi.