Region comes together for comp

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Broome's Peter Jumburra tries to sneak past Karratha's defence.
Camera IconBroome's Peter Jumburra tries to sneak past Karratha's defence. Credit: Carly Laden

The next generation of rugby league players of the North West flocked to Broome to take part in the NRL WA North West Championships in a two-day tournament.

Players from Broome Jets, South Hedland Cougars, Karratha Heat and Tom Price Steelers competed in a round-robin tournament on Friday and Saturdaya in a bid to impress North West Reds selectors.

Those selected would go on to represent the North West at the 2020 Junior State Championships, which will take place in Karratha in April.

In the under-11s competition, Broome Jets and Karratha Heat competed in a series of matches, with the Broome Jets coming out on top after three matches.

In the under-14s competition, Broome Jets and Tom Price Steelers joined forces to compete in a series of quick matches against South Hedland Cougars and Karratha Heat.

Karratha Heat dominated the competition, remaining undefeated. while the combined team of Broome and Tom Price managed to score a win over the Cougars.

But it wasn’t just the juniors who got in on the action — local senior players put on exhibition matches over the two days. Broome Jets vice-president Ashlea Thompson said hosting the NRL WA North West Championships was beyond the club’s expectations after starting the club a little over a year ago.

“Welcoming NRL WA from Perth, and players from as far as Tom Price to Broome for the weekend and having the opportunity to showcase our town and facilitate a tournament for our region, we are beyond proud,” she said.

“It’s a sign of the passion and determination coming from the club and our players.”

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