The Sunshine Coast Stingrays Seniors and Colts went through undefeated in the 2019 Queensland Country Championships. Picture: Contributed
The Sunshine Coast Stingrays Seniors and Colts went through undefeated in the 2019 Queensland Country Championships. Picture: Contributed

Stingrays in mix for state honours after dominant campaign

RUGBY UNION: Stingrays senior coach Josh Mason is hopeful plenty of his charges will earn further representative honours after an “outstanding” state campaign.

The Stingrays completed a clean sweep of the Queensland Country Championships on the weekend with a 26-19 victory over Darling Downs.

They had previously triumphed over Gold Coast, Far North Queensland and Townsville over the past few weeks.

“We were undefeated Queensland Country champions – it was an outstanding campaign from our boys,” Mason said.

“We’re just over the moon, across the four weeks the commitment, the determination and the resilience that they all showed was phenomenal and second to none.”

He put their strength down to solid cohesion among the ranks.

“I think across the paddock I just think we were the better team,” he said.

“There may have been some individual players from other sides that were better but as a team the guys really gelled well together and they really dug in deep for each other.”

Noosa’s Charlie McKill was named player of the series.

“He was consistently outstanding and went above and beyond,” Mason said.

“His work rate was phenomenal and his commitment to everything he did for 80 minutes it just couldn’t be matched.

“Each game he was a standout performer.”

With the level of dominance achieved by the Stingrays, Mason was hopeful more than a couple of his charges would get named in the Queensland Country side, which is set to be announced later this week.

“Being as successful as we are I really hope we’ve put a good case forward for a lot of our guys to be selected in that.”

The Stingrays Colts also went through the championships undefeated.

They capped their campaign with 31-10 victory over Darling Downs.



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