Mud no deterrent for at carnival
THE CQID Indigenous Reconciliation Carnival ended as a "mud fest" but that did not affect the quality of running football, especially from the star-studded Ian Munns Memorial team.
After a drying day on Saturday the rain returned in buckets full yesterday morning, but the games went on.
And what a quality game the final between the Munns team and Bundaberg Eels turned out to be on a quagmire of a pitch at CQUniversity's Ian Coombe Oval.
In the end the Ian Munns team, Wadia Storm, was too slippery for their Bundaberg counterpart, winning the Shield by 39-10.
Six of the Ian Munns' team are from the Saltner family and had enjoyed victory in the Shield for two consecutive years with Cherbourg.
Considering the conditions, and the fact the players had battled their way through three days of intense football, the error rate was low and handling excellent.
However, while the Eels relied heavily on the bulk of their front-row to break the defensive line, the Munns team had blistering pace all over the park and this proved to be a telling factor.
Former Comets (Capras) playmaker Nat Bowman opened the scoring when the Munns team had the numbers to release him wide on the left and he ran in to score with David Munns converting.
Bowman was involved in the second try when he fed the ball wide to Brendan Saltner who kept it alive and sent it inside to Sean Munns who scored.
The Eels replied straight from the kick-off as the Munns team let the kick bounce out of play near the corner.
On their feed the ball was passed wide to Shaun Daylight who scored in the corner.
The Eels may have thought they were back in the match but tries to Trent Munns, who burrowed in from dummy half, and converted by Hughie Stanley, and a superb 50 metre runaway try from Ben Randall took the score to 20-4.
Just before half-time the powerful Cory Tanner scored a typical forwards try which Joshua Tannar converted to make the half time score 20-10 for the Ian Munns team.
The game ended as a contest 40 seconds into the second half as Joe Collins-Soo broke the Eels line, but fast as he is, was in danger of being closed down until winger Ashley Kris appeared on his shoulder to take the pass and score.
Kris went on to score two more tries while Kayan Davis scored a field goal and David Munns a penalty to leave the final score at 39-10.
Despite the heavy conditions the game was played in good spirits.
Even though it was a large and appreciative crowd, event organiser Justin Loomans said numbers attending the games on Saturday were even bigger as they were played in fine conditions.
Rockhampton players were also victorious in the Bowl final where tries from Ray Goltz, Troy Duggan and Duane House helped Rocky Thunder to victory over Cherbourg Hornets Young Stingers by 16-12.
Success also in the Women's final where the teams scored two tries apiece but CQ United took the title by 10-8.
CQID Indigenous Reconciliation Carnival
Played at Ian Coombe Oval, CQUniversity yesterday.
Shield Final: Ian Munns Memorial team 39 def Bundaberg Eels 10.
Plate Final: Goori United 22 def Purga Wagtails 16
Bowl Final: Rocky Thunder 16 def Cherbourg Hornets Young Stingers 12
Women's Final: CQ United 10 def Bobongi Memorial team 8.