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Statewide score wrap: Gold Coast battler now a South East champion

Four years ago, Brock Hamill had to step away from rugby league to take up the fight against testicular cancer.

Today, his persistence, determination and hard work have paid off, after he was part of the Gold Coast Vikings side that took out this year's XXXX Chairman's Challenge.

The former Canterbury Bulldogs Jersey Flegg forward, who discovered the cancer in 2017 and again in 2018, is cherishing this victory more than most, given the challenges he faced in getting back to the game he loves.

"After struggling a few years ago and going through what I went through, it makes moments like this more pleasurable," Hamill said after Sunday's 18-12 victory over Brisbane Blue.

"I always want to learn from the coaches and other players. To get picked in this, you are the best of A grade and the Gold Coast competitions.

"I want to learn from other people and put that in my game moving forward.

"I want to play hard and go anywhere I can."

Brock Hamill, left, with his teammates after winning the XXXX Chairman's Challenge. Photo: Jason O'Brien/QRL
Brock Hamill, left, with his teammates after winning the XXXX Chairman's Challenge. Photo: Jason O'Brien/QRL

Hamill had to step away from the Bulldogs in 2018 after discovering his second tumour and underwent chemotherapy at home on the Gold Coast before receiving the all clear.

He's been working on his rugby league career ever since and was able to return to the Bulldogs for the 2019 season before coming back to Queensland in 2020.

The Gold Coast solidified their XXXX Chairman's Challenge win in the dying seconds of Sunday's game, when winger Queille Murray intercepted to run away with the victory.

They were the only side to win two games across the weekend and will now move into the XXXX League Championship final, where they will meet either Rockhampton or Townsville for the state title.

Gold Coast after winning the XXXX Chairman's Challenge. Photo: Jason O'Brien/QRL
Gold Coast after winning the XXXX Chairman's Challenge. Photo: Jason O'Brien/QRL

Hamill, who plays with Southport in the Gold Coast's A grade competition and is a Keebra Park product, said he hoped to be fit for the final in July and believed the Gold Coast had what it took to be crowned best in the state.

"The Gold Coast competition has always been very tough so to be one of the best (teams in Queensland) it would be pretty good," Hamill said.

"We've got some time to train more and gel more together and put those last things together for that."

Full scores and information for all Queensland A Grade competitions from April 29 to May 1 are below.

Main image: Brock Hamill on the attack against Ipswich. Photo: Jim O'Reilly/QRL

South East region

XXXX Chairman's Challenge

Day one results

Brisbane Red 26 def Brisbane Blue 6
Gold Coast 40 def Ipswich 12

Day two results

Brisbane Red 24 drew Ipswich 24
Gold Coast 18 def Brisbane Blue 12

Champions: Gold Coast Vikings

South East Women's Holcim Cup

Round 1 results

Goodna Eagles 20 def Waterford/Logan Brothers 12
Ormeau Shearers 52 def Valleys Diehards 6
Wynnum Manly Juniors 18 def Runaway Bay Seagulls 10

# Team P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Ormeau Shearers 1 1 0 0 0 46 3
2 Wynnum Manly Juniors 1 1 0 0 0 8 3
3 Goodna Eagles 1 1 0 0 0 8 3
4 Waterford/Logan Brothers 1 0 1 0 0 -8 1
5 Runaway Bay Seagulls 1 0 1 0 0 -8 1
6 Valleys Diehards 1 0 1 0 0 -46 1

Central region

XXXX 47th Battalion - men's draw

Round 1 results

Toowoomba 54 def Central Highlands 0
Bundaberg 34 def South West 6
Sunshine Coast 52 def Gladstone 0
Rockhampton 20 def Wide Bay 12

Round 2 results

South West 30 def Central Highlands 6
Wide Bay 32 def Gladstone 18
Bundaberg 23 def Toowoomba 18
Sunshine Coast 8 drew Rockhampton 8

Final round results

Central Highlands 18 def Gladstone 14
Sunshine Coast 24 def Toowoomba 18
South West 22 def Wide Bay 18
Rockhampton 24 def Bundaberg 16

Champions: Rockhampton

47th Battalion - women's draw

Draw one results

Sunshine Coast 10 def Gladstone 0
Rockhampton 10 def Sunshine Coast 4
Rockhampton 14 def Gladstone 0

Draw two results

Toowoomba 32 def Central Highlands 0
Central Highlands 6 def Wide Bay 4
Toowoomba 34 def Wide Bay 4

Final day results

Central Highlands 18 def Gladstone 6
Wide Bay 4 drew Sunshine Coast 4
Toowoomba 26 def Rockhampton 8

Champions: Toowoomba

Central West Rugby League

Round 2 Results

Winton Devils 16 def Blackall Magpies 10
Barcaldine Sandgoannas 26 def Alpha Brumbies 22
Bye: Longreach/Ilfracombe Tigers

# Teams P W L D B +/- Pts
1 Blackall Magpies 2 1 1 0 0 10 2
2 Winton Devils 2 1 1 0 0 4 2
3 Barcaldine Sandgoannas 1 1 0 0 1 4 2
4 Longreach/Ilfracombe Tigers 1 1 0 0 1 2 2
5 Alpha Brumbies 2 0 2 0 0 -20 0

North region

XXXX Foley Shield - men's draw

Day one results

Townsville 38 def Cairns 0

Day two results

Mackay 24 def Cairns 4

Day three results

Townsville 30 def Mackay 8

Champions: Townsville

XXXX Foley Shield - women's draw

Day one results

Townsville 20 def Cairns 10

Day two results

Mackay 36 def Cairns 8

Day three results

Mackay 12 drew Townsville 12

Champions: Mackay win on for-and-against points.

Mount Isa Rugby League

Round 2 scores TBC

Mount Isa Rugby League Women

Round 2 scores TBC

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