ACTION PACKED: St George's Jarrod Duiker tackles Mungindi's Bradley Ellis in a game that ended in an 18-all draw.
ACTION PACKED: St George's Jarrod Duiker tackles Mungindi's Bradley Ellis in a game that ended in an 18-all draw. Ellen Ransley

100-year-old rivals call it even

Rugby league: Honouring a rivalry that extends back 100 years, St George took on Mungindi on Sunday in what many onlookers have described as the best game played by the home side team in years.

St George Saints president Kelvin Bella said the game, which ended in an 18-all draw, was a fine example of good football and was something the players should be proud of.

"The people I spoke to in the crowd said it was the best and toughest game they've seen in 10 years,” Bella said.

"It was a really good effort and our players put their heart and soul into that game.

"It made for an excellent display of football.

"There were some injuries but our players know there is no point in going into a game half hearted.

"They made us proud, we could see they were out there putting in for the club.”

Bella said the teamwork his players had displayed was a testament to the strong history behind them and a sign of the next 100 years the club had to look forward to.

"The players are working as a team and as a unit, as are the committee,” he said.

"You need two teams to make a club and we have have a club that's really moving forward this year, and into the next 100.

"Sunday was an excellent showcase of football,” Bella said. "And to think we have players from under 6s to 65 who were playing, including our ladies.

"It goes to show there is something in this game and in this club for everyone and we're looking forward to how we can keep moving forward.”

Bella said he believed more than 650 were at Rowden Park on Sunday to cheer on their home side.

"It was a great way to wrap up a special weekend,” he said.

"But now we just have to keep on moving on.

"We will have a tough game against Roma Cities at Rowden Park this weekend and the more supporters we can have there the better.”

St George scorers

#2 Adam Peakes: Try

#13 Regan Morris: Try

#15 Jai Combargo: Try

#9 Chris Bella: 3 conversions

Mungindi scorers

#1 Brendan Price: Try, 3 conversions

#5 David Armstrong: Try

#17 Corey McGradey: Try


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