RUGBY UNION: U16s CQ Bushrangers dominate at championships
RUGBY UNION: The Under-16's Central Queensland Bushrangers stole the show at the Queensland Rugby Union Junior State Championships at the weekend.
Scrum half Ben Cornish scored the crucial penalty in the dying minutes of the grand final for the Bushrangers, to defeat Gold Coast 8-7.
Coach Jim Fabish couldn't be prouder of the team after coaching them in the tournament for the past four years.
"It's a great result, we've been working hard for this and the boys pulled it off," he said.
"Thank you all for believing in dreams coming true. Thank you all for believing in myself and Zak Costar. And most of all, thank you for believing in you."
Queensland Rugby general operations manager Rob Donaghue said the win was a testament to the growth of rugby throughout country Queensland.
"Congratulations must go to the players and coaches, as well as the development staff and volunteers from the region," Donaghue said.
"We've seen the next generation of rugby stars on show and there has been plenty of talent unearthed from all around the state."
For a number of regions including far north Queensland, Townsville and Rockhampton, this year's tournament gave them the chance to compete as their own region, rather than the previous combined north and central Queensland format.
"It has been great to see a number of our Country regions enter into this year's tournament as their own stand-alone teams, and the selection of their players in the Country sides is evidence of the strength and growth of Rugby in those regions," Donaghue said.
Ben Cornish and Taine Browne were selected in the Queensland U16s country side and will play Queensland City in a curtain raiser match before the Queensland Reds indigenous round clash against the Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium this Friday.