The Greenbank Raiders Under 12’s rugby league team represented their club with pride at the Jason Hetherington-Gary Larson Cup tournament in Gladstone this month.
Out of the 10 games played between the 9th-11th July, the team won eight games and ended one on a draw.
In their final game, the Raiders lost 2-1 in a close match against the Caloundra Sharks, who were also undefeated.
The opposing team played their winning point “on the siren” in the last second of the game.
Greenbank Raiders manager Shay Chadburn said the event was great for team bonding, and the atmosphere of the tournament was one of good sportsmanship and team spirit from everyone.
Parents and friends initiated the Raiders’ viking clap in the final game, which inspired a crowd of 11 spectating teams on field 3 to join in and show their support.
“The Raiders clap made the tournament, just seeing the whole crowd join in” Mr Chadburn said.
The NRL recently changed their regulations for under 12’s teams to be non-competitive with no “final” round, but Mr Chadburn said it worked out well that the last game was between the two teams who were undefeated.
36 teams across Queensland ranging from Townsville to the Gold Coast participated in the JHGL Cup.
There were no injuries or fights during the tournament.
The 17 team members who represented the Raiders were Amanaki, Tyson, Sonny, Nikau, Ashton, Carter, Ayden, Kohen, Lincoln, Will, Mitchell, Koby, Lachlan, Riley, Connar, Korey, and Jake.
Kim Chadburn, a parent of one of the players, said the Raiders took to the field with enthusiasm and excitement.
“We are so proud of our bunch of young men,” she said.
“They gave every game their all; the teamwork and sportsmanship was exceptional.”