Gunnedah hosts junior rugby carnival

Elusive: Archie Lyle shakes off the Inverell defence playing for the Gunnedah U8s in Sunday's Gunnedah Junior Rugby Carnival. The carnival was the second of the Central North season. Photo: Paul Mathews

Elusive: Archie Lyle shakes off the Inverell defence playing for the Gunnedah U8s in Sunday's Gunnedah Junior Rugby Carnival. The carnival was the second of the Central North season. Photo: Paul Mathews

Hundreds of budding young rugby enthusiasts strapped on their boots on Sunday for the Gunnedah Junior Rugby Union’s annual carnival.

The second carnival for the Central North season, it was a fantastic day, Red Devils juniors secretary Carolyn Waerea said.

Because of its central location the Gunnedah carnival is usually one of the largest, and drew players from Walgett, Coonamble and Coonabarabran as well as throughout the Central North area and Armidale.

The hosts were represented in all five age divisions – U14s, U12s, U10s, U8s and U6s, with the carnival the U6’s first for the year.

The carnival was originally scheduled for June, but Coonabarabran swapped with them.

Being on Mother’s Day there was a special treat for the mums.

“We handed out chocolates for all the mothers,” Waerea said.

For the Red Devils U8s, the carnival came just a week after they’d had the excitement of playing at Allianz Stadium as a curtain raiser to the Waratahs Super Rugby clash with Auckland.

On the charge: Jim Brady takes on the defence for the Gunnedah U12s during Sunday's Gunnedah Junior Rugby Carnival. Photo: Paul Mathews

On the charge: Jim Brady takes on the defence for the Gunnedah U12s during Sunday's Gunnedah Junior Rugby Carnival. Photo: Paul Mathews

Strength: Gunnedah U12s player Sam Sawyer looks to push through this tackle during Sunday's Gunnedah Junior Rugby Carnival. Photo: Paul Mathews

Strength: Gunnedah U12s player Sam Sawyer looks to push through this tackle during Sunday's Gunnedah Junior Rugby Carnival. Photo: Paul Mathews

Try-time: Henry Maslen runs away to score for the Gunnedah U8s at Sunday's Gunnedah Junior Rugby Carnival. Photo: Paul Mathews

Try-time: Henry Maslen runs away to score for the Gunnedah U8s at Sunday's Gunnedah Junior Rugby Carnival. Photo: Paul Mathews

Powerful: Eddie Waerea looks to step out of this tackle playing for the Gunnedah U8s against Inverell at Sunday's carnival. Photo: Paul Mathews

Powerful: Eddie Waerea looks to step out of this tackle playing for the Gunnedah U8s against Inverell at Sunday's carnival. Photo: Paul Mathews

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