Bears migrate north
CLERMONT Bears under-11s joined a nine-strong team contingent from the Central Highlands competing at the annual Laurie Spina Shield junior carnival in Townsville at the weekend.
What started as a small trickle of teams from the Highlands venturing north to take on northern rivals has blossomed on a colossal scale, with droves of mums, dads, coaches and of course the players now making the weekend trip every year.
Clermont under-11s coach Brad Roberts was one who has returned to lead yet another Clermont side in the carnival this year.
He said while the boys may have been a little out-muscled by their bigger and stronger Townsville opponents, they all made up for it with plenty of heart.
“They were building and getting better and better each game they played,” Roberts said.
“All games were pretty close but their best was probably against Mackay Norths… It was just a good, hard, physical game.”
The Bears juniors lost their match by only two tries to one, Roberts said.
The front-row prowess of Bears’ forward Cody Poghill knew no boundaries, with consistently strong performances delivered throughout the carnival.
Poghill was rewarded for his efforts by being named as Clermont’s Player of the Tournament.
“It’s not about winning the carnival, if they do then that’s a bonus, just as long as they enjoy themselves,” Roberts said.