CLOSE GAME: SWQ Brothers (green) with the Tenterfield NSW side at the reconciliation carnival.
CLOSE GAME: SWQ Brothers (green) with the Tenterfield NSW side at the reconciliation carnival. Maxine Lee

SWQ Brothers pump up on-pitch ante

Teams and supporters from across the west descended on the Brothers complex for the ninth annual Toowoomba Warriors Reconciliation Carnival.

The gala day, which showcased indigenous rugby league talent, had St George up against 14 teams from throughout Queensland and New South Wales competing for the Cec Docherty Shield.

This year's event was moved from its Jack Martin Complex, home to Brothers Juniors at Glenholme Park, due to dry conditions, where it attracted a crowd of more than 2000 people for the day-long rugby league celebration.

The SWQ Brothers team comprised of players from St George, Chinchilla, Cunnamulla and Mitchell, who laced up their boots and took to the field as a combined team.

The team was up against stiff competition in the form of the Cherbourg Hornets, Warrego United Team and Washington memorial side, however the boys banded together and put on a strong show.

This year's carnival also featured the return of the Toowoomba Warriors to the line-up after they sat out last year's event.

In the end, the SWQ Brothers team were stung by the might of the Barambah Magpies, narrowly losing the match 24-4.

The Magpies took home the coveted Jason Clevin Memorial Shield for their win.

Spectator Maxine Hicks described the match as a "wonderful show”, with the team putting in an awesome effort.

The Toomelah side claimed top spot, picking up the Cec Docherty Memorial Shield with a 40-6 final win over Brisbane Blacks.

Toowoomba Warriors downed Mummas Pride by 12 points in the ladies' exhibition game with Zella Duncan named player of the game.

With the success of this year's carnival, organisers have already started preparations for 2019 - which will be the centenary celebration.


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