Gerald Tema is wrapped up in a tackle.
Gerald Tema is wrapped up in a tackle. Mike Richards

Standard of league at Battalion carnival earns high praise

GLADSTONE has hosted the 47th Battalion rugby league carnival to perfection with rave reviews.

It was the second consecutive year the competition has converged on Marley Brown Oval, and central division manager Robert Crow said the running of the carnival had exceeded expectation.

While Gladstone now has to deal with travelling to Roma next year, Crow was pleased to say this was the best quality play he had seen in years.

"I thought the quality of rugby league throughout the weekend was first class," he said.

"It has been a great venue. Congratulations to Gladstone on a great carnival."

While Gladstone's team fell short of taking out the carnival or making the final, a lopsided final proved the Raiders were on the money with the best in the competition.

A narrow six point defeat at the hands of eventual winners Toowoomba had the men's side seemingly the second best in the carnival, which was backed up by Raiders manager Peter White.

"It was a great weekend. The A-grade was unlucky and clearly the second best team here," White said.

Gladstone's women playing for the Capricorn Capras finished second while the U20 Raiders were unable to score a win.