Massive turnout for Paul Bowman challenge
HUNDREDS of junior rugby league players and their families descended on Proserpine over the weekend for the annual Paul Bowman Challenge.
Former Queensland origin player and North Queensland Cowboys legend returned to his home town for the tournament that bears his name as the best under-11 teams from across the state played their hearts out at the Proserpine junior sporting grounds. Brahmans volunteer and event organsier Leanne Hoffman gave a huge thank you to everyone that came to help out over the weekend.
"Without people like them we could not hold such a successful carnival. We had wonderful feedback from the many teams with them all saying they would be back again," she said.
"What a bunch of champions we had in our Paul Bowman team, they won the relay today. They are the first Prossy team to win anything at the Paul Bowman Challenge, and to top it off, the first Prossy team to win a relay at any carnival the club has been involved with over the years."
The team's coach Nathan Hiscox praised his team's effort over the wekeend, where they won three out of six games and placed first in the Sam Faust memorial relay, named in memory of the Proserpine local and former Cowboys player.
"The boys started really well, winning two out of their first three games and they all had a great time," he said.
"The whole team played some great football over the weekend, and each and every one of them should be very proud."
Townsville club the Western Lions were the overall winners of the event while the team from Greenbank won the participation award.