Last Sunday the Toowoomba boys left the freezing, foggy conditions behind them and travelled down the range to Rosewood to take on the Warwick Chargers and Ipswich Diggers in the U12, U13 and U14 age groups in development games.

The teams had a successful day with the U13’s taking the Dan Dempsey Cup defeating the Warwick Chargers 18-10 and the Ipswich Diggers 40-6.

The U14’s also took home the silverware of the Steinohrt/Flannery Cup, defeating Warwick 24-16 and Ipswich 26-4.

A big thanks to the following coaches, managers and league safe who looked after the players: Andrew Clem, Russell Jones, Steve Haywood, Darren Wilson, Scott Kuhnemann, Scott Brunner, Troy Huggins, Terry Brighton, Brett Hunter, Scott Nicholls and Ray Murphy

Coaches Comments:

The Under 12 Development team put together was strong across the park. With players from various clubs put together on short notice we displayed some great skill and entertaining rugby league.

The first game against Warwick had some excellent team tries. Strong work by the forwards, laid a good platform for our backs to capitalise on.

But the pleasing point was our defence. Good line speed and contact proved the difference. Great win 34-6

Our second game against Ipswich was a real test. Ipswich had some big forwards but our boys well and truly matched it with them.

Again our forwards played out of their skin to match Ipswich and our backs worked well together, with some good line running and movement of the ball.

Some smart dummy half running made some great inroads into Ipswich’s defence. It was a great game with Ipswich tying the game up in the last minute. 18-18

The boys showed what this program is meant to bring to the game. The boys are developing and the skill level is getting better.

Thank you to Rosewood Rugby League Club for putting on a Great Carnival. I would also like to thank the patents for bringing the boys to the game.

Under 14s

Sunday saw the U14s Clydesdales Development side travel to Rosewood to play in a round robin contest with Warwick and Ipswich. Considering that they had no chance to train and having not played together as a team, the Toowoomba boys combined fantastically well to dominate both games.

These boys were a pleasure to watch as they came together to bond like a team, both on and off the field, that had been together for a sometime.  

It was hard to single out any one player as all boys displayed great pride in the jumper and played really well.  Following their coaches instructions they played simple effective football putting their opposition on the back foot in defence and in attack showing good ball skills and running great lines resulting in some good tries.  

Special mention to Trent McGee who played on even though suffering with illness. If these boys keep displaying the skills and team work displayed on Sunday it shouldn't be long before they are pushing hard for positions in the top squad. Steve, Scott, Terry, Brett and Craig.