Young league lads claim carnival glory

13th July 2017 4:47 PM
The Warwick and Southern Downs under 43kg junior rugby league team. STRONG TEAM: The Warwick and Southern Downs under 43kg junior rugby league team. contributed

TWO Stanthorpe boys were among the ranks in the under-43kg rugby league team at the Zone 5 carnival.

Clayton Townsend and David Williams, both 11, were on the winning Warwick and Southern Downs side.

Clayton's mum, Kellie Townsend said her son was co-captain alongside Will Gross from Warwick.

She said after many hours of training and lots of hard work, they were proud to see the team come away victorious from the carnival which took place in Tenterfield from July 3-7.

Co-captains Will Gross of Warwick and Clayton Townsend of Stanthorpe.
Co-captains Will Gross of Warwick and Clayton Townsend of Stanthorpe. contributed

Amid school holidays, she said this was a big deal for the boys, who also play for the junior Gremlins.

She said it was great to have some strong Stanthorpe representation on the team.

"They enjoyed getting out there,” Townsend said.

Stanthorpe's David Williams at the junior rugby league event.
Stanthorpe's David Williams at the Carnival. contributed

"It was just a great achievement.”

She said Wednesday, July 5, was a day off from rugby league but the team claimed wins in both athletics and tug-o-war as part of the carnival.

"They worked really, really hard,” she said.

"It's been a pretty big thing for them and they've loved working with a good team.” The team was coached by Ross Thorne.