Emmanuel takes the cup
On the last weekend of the Easter holidays, 21 students from Emmanuel Anglican College (EAC) participated in the annual TAS Rugby Union Carnival. The carnival hosted 40 teams from NSW and QLD and has been running for six years now. More than 800 budding rugby stars and their families descend upon Armidale with former Wallaby and Melbourne Rebels coach Rod Macqueen casting a watchful eye over the carnival on Saturday. He also delivered an inspirational talk to the players that afternoon.
The EAC team played five games on Saturday and the grand-final against Kinross Orange on Sunday, winning all games but one. EAC won the best sportsmanship trophy two years ago, but this is the first time they have won their division. Led by their captain Connor Winchester, EAC played teams from Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Moreton Bay, Armidale and Orange, displaying excellent teamwork, skill and enthusiasm. The team were fortunate to have the expertise of Craig Dangar and Ross Wilkinson (Ballina RUC coaches), who generously donated their time and equipment to train the players in the lead-up to the carnival.