BREAKING FREE: Tannum Seagulls player Taj Andrews during the Hetherington Cup at Marley Brown oval on the weekend. INSET: McKay Magpies win the 2018 Hetherington Cup.
BREAKING FREE: Tannum Seagulls player Taj Andrews during the Hetherington Cup at Marley Brown oval on the weekend. INSET: McKay Magpies win the 2018 Hetherington Cup. Matt Taylor GLA130718HETH

Jason Hetherington Cup weekend another outstanding success

RUGBY LEAGUE: There were 138 games of under-12s rugby league that came down to the Mackay Magpies running away second-half victors over Noosa Pirates in the Jason Hetherington Cup final.

The Pirates opened the scoring to take the lead then the Magpies came back to draw at four points apiece.

There are no try conversions at this level of carnival and both sides scored again to go to the half time break 8-8.

The Magpies took off in the second half to score four unanswered tries and gain cup glory over their southern rivals.

Mackay's hard-working forwards laid the foundation for its backs to score.

Coach Romeo T.Soe was happy to see the weekend of football conclude with a win to the team.

"The boys did really well, a good job and defence helps to win games,” he said.

"It's a really great win for the boys.”

Tannum Seagulls narrowly missed out on the final, drawing their game with Noosa Pirates 8-8 but Pirates went through having scored first try.

Calliope Roosters, Gladstone Brothers and Emerald Brothers all featured in the weekend carnival.

Gladstone District Rugby League Carnival co-ordinator Brian Pengelly saw the weekend event as a great success.

"The teams were excellent and (it was) a great carnival,” Pengelly said.

"We have it every year in Gladstone and the participants really enjoy it.”

Pengelly said success at the carnival was not measured only by who won, but what the players learned from playing other centres.

"There is always positive feedback from this football carnival especially from the National Rugby League staff,” he said.

"These teams will now go back to their own clubs and have some improvement of what they got from the weekend.”