FLYING THE FLAG: The St Joseph's team following their opening win at the QISSN competition in Bundaberg.
FLYING THE FLAG: The St Joseph's team following their opening win at the QISSN competition in Bundaberg. Contributed

Rep kids land in Bundy

STANTHORPE students are mixing it with the best in Queensland with one rugby league representative and a netball team making an impression in Bundaberg.

Lachlan Mahoney and his dad, Mick Mahoney, are donning the colours of Assumption College Warwick, as part of the Confraternity Carnival.

Mick, a coach, and Lachlan, a player, are up north for the six day event. Typically, Assumption and St Joseph's Stanthorpe would have a joint side, but Lachlan was the only local player selected.

On the courts, St Joseph's Stanthorpe has a team involved in the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball Carnival, the round ball version of Confraternity.

School principal Andrew Kendall is one of five school staff up north with the representatives.

"Lachlan's side has made the semi-final for the 'bowl' I believe, which is for the third division,” Mr Kendall said. "They play that tomorrow (Thursday). I understand they've won three and lost three.

The Assumption College squad for the Confraternity Shield. (Back, from left) Hayden Grassens, Dan McVeigh, Tom Bell, Luke Hauff, Jarrod Millard, Ben Fischer, Lachlan Mahoney, Morgan Byrne (centre) Zac Beckwith, Jacob Meddleton, Wilson LeSuer, Ethan LeSuer, Sean Bryson, Nick Carrie, Augustus McDade, (front) Hayden Doherty, Jayden Lippi, Tom Spence, Sam Ogden, Jack Duggan, Connor Murphy, Nat Ryan and Jarrod Grayson.
LONE SOLDIER: The Assumption College squad for the Confraternity Shield. Stanthorpe's Lachlan Mahoney is pictured back row, second from right, alongside his team mates. Bob Bell

"I went and watched them on Tuesday and Mick looked like he was enjoying it.

"He's doing a really good job in supporting the team as a coach.”

The netball side opened the competition with a morale boosting win, but haven't fared as well in their other five so far, Mr Kendall said.

"The challenge for our girls is we've got a lot of really young girls. Grade 8-9 kids against grade 11-12 kids - but they're doing well.

"They all played in the local women's competition this year to get experience ahead of it.

"They've been fantastic though.

"They have gelled really well and supported each other well so I'm really pleased with how they're going win or lose.

"It's just a great experience for them either way.”

Base camp is at Woodgate, on the beach, with Mr Kendall saying they were lapping up the sunshine and warmer climate while they could.

Both competitions will wrap up on Friday.