Bluebirds pay the penalty

WHAT else could coach Gary Paxton have done as his Bluebirds White team conceded just one goal in the Cec Babbage Carnival but still came away as runner-up?

Not that Paxton was complaining as his Bluebirds players had done well and enjoyed themselves as much as players from the other seven teams taking part in Sunday's under-12 years, six-a-side carnival at Webber Park.

The one goal against Bluebirds came in the grand final and was scored by the competition winner Capricorn Coast which battled its way to a thrilling victory and end another excellent season for the Yeppoon based club.

The two sides were closely matched as the 1-1 scoreline at full time indicated.

No further goals were scored during extra time and so the tournament was decided on penalties with Capricorn Coast victorious.

Paxton said his team had progressed to the final courtesy of a 3-0 win over Rockhampton Grammar School (RGS) while Capricorn Coast eliminated the strong team from Gladstone club Clinton from the main draw.

“There were only eight teams but they were the top teams of the region,” Paxton said.

Biloela Valleys entered a side and had the misfortune of missing out on a semi-final place when narrowly beaten by Rockhampton Grammar School.

Beaten semi-finalists Clinton and RGS met in a “plate” final with Clinton winning that section.

Paxton said the decision to play the finals under floodlights, after playing the group games during the heat of the day, was also a success.

“It went well, it was really exciting,” he said.

Paxton said he had no complaints about his team.

“Our boys went really well,” he said.

The coach said he was particularly happy with the work done by his defenders Riley Polkinghorne and Mason Jones.

Clinton's Joshua Brown was named the “Player of the Carnival”.

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