Western Downs romp home at Miles Carnival
LEAGUE: The open-weighted U10s Western Downs Wild Dogs have emerged victorious from the carnival held in Miles over the weekend.
Losing their first game of the carnival on Saturday, the boys shook hands with Charleville and walked off the field with their heads bowed.
But they knuckled down to finished the day equal second on the ranking with 18 points, tied with Mudgeeraba 2.
On Sunday, the Wild Dogs ground out a gritty 10-6 win against Mudgeeraba 2 to secure themselves a spot in the final against Dayboro.
In the end, they prevailed 38-18.
Assistant coach Tim Pitt said the final began with Dayboro and the Wild Dogs going try for try, with the half time score sitting at 18-12 in favour of the Western Downs.
The young lads secured their one-try buffer against Dayboro for the rest of the game and raced away to win by 20 points.
“The guys, I think by half time realised they could win the game and just kept doing what they were doing in the first half. They defended really well and that’s how they won the game,” Pitt said.
“The stand-out player was Koen Zerbst in the backs. He got best back of the carnival, probably for his running game and because he did a lot of tackling.”
Pitt also commended the forwards on their excellent effort.
He said the Wild Dogs were “ecstatic” when they realised they’d won.
“They were very jubilant,” he said.
“They don’t play for points out here in the Western Downs. They don’t play for any sort of trophy or premiership as such and don’t keep scores so for those boys to play to win is something they don’t normally get to experience.
“I think that’s why they were pretty happy and really celebrated.”
The Western Downs Wild Dogs is made up of youngsters from Jandowae, Tara, Chinchilla, Miles and Wandoan and coached by Roy Wright.
Pitt paid tribute to the efforts of the Miles Devils’ committee members who he said did an excellent job running the carnival and the canteen.