The Longreach 7s was played at the weekend (March 19-20) for the 20th successive year – and once again it was a successful tournament.
This year, games were again played in extreme conditions that hit 39 degrees, however, this was about six degrees cooler than temperatures last year.
Eight teams participated for the $5000 prizemoney in the men’s senior competition, with teams like the Turtles coming from as far as Ipswich a return trip of 2300kms.
The weekend is not just about the footy, but an opportunity for a team of mates to get together for a road trip and enjoy themselves, which they did.
There were blow-up pools provided for teams to cool down after games as well as a drone covering the Boulia games.
The football – as expected was fast and open – with plenty of room to move on the vast spaces created by only seven players per team on the field.
With the open footy being played all day, the final came down to a match decided by defence between the Replacements and the Charleville Comets.
The Replacements, a team put together from a bunch of guys who had previously attended St Brendan’s College at Yeppoon, have come together in recent years for this carnival, and this time they were successful, taking out the final 8-0 against a very committed Comets team.
Congratulations and thank you to the referees, Longreach Senior and Junior Rugby League Clubs and the Longreach Council for running a perfect day of footy in the Queensland Outback.
Hopefully the tradition continues for many more years.