GENERATION NEXT: The Wheatmen Under 12's pose for their team photo in Armidale.
GENERATION NEXT: The Wheatmen Under 12's pose for their team photo in Armidale.

Wheatmen juniors return

The Dalby Wheatmen Under 12's side have returned after a successful two days at The Armidale School Rugby carnival last weekend.

The team played five games overall, finishing with three wins, a draw and a loss.

Dalby coach John McGrath was immensely proud of his players, saying they performed admirably against stiff opposition.

"The team played outstanding rugby and they should be very proud, winning games and playing competitively against a lot stronger clubs and schools is a great achievement,” Mr McGrath said.

"They brought the Dalby Wheatmen spirit and sportsmanship to the carnival and we all had a fantastic weekend.”

Dalby's first game was against Pacific Lutheran college, whom they beat 35-7.

Dalby then suffered their only loss to Scone Grammar School 22-5, before drawing with private Sydney school Tudor House.

The Wheatmen juniors were able to finish the carnival strongly, with victories over the Caboolture Snakes and the Highland Goats.

A Grade coach Nathan Bradley delivered the side a stirring message before they left, ensuring the clubs juniors took the trip seriously.

"This will be some of the best two days of footy in your whole career,” Mr Bradley said.

"Remember that many of the Wallabies once played at the Armidale carnival when they were Under 12's.

"When you are taking on some of those tough city Sydney teams, remember to take your Wheatmen spirit out onto the field with you and do us proud.”

The TAS Rugby Carnival is the largest Under 12s rugby carnival in Australia, with over 1,000 people attending the event annually.


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