Teams swarmed to Wollongong over the weekend for the Battles of the Countries Indigenous Rugby League Competition and the Gomeroi Roos were no different.

In the group of under-13 players representing the Roos were 10 Gunnedah children, all ready to show skills gained from weeks of training.

While the Roos did not gain the champion title, the children came home with a reputable third place after making it to the semi finals.

Team members who received awards included Rivah Bell (most dedicated), James Wheeler (rookie), Jax Suey (most versatile), Eric Natty (MVP), Liam Higgins (best and fairest), Jauan Dixon (best back) and Leo Henry (best forward).

The children have been training since November last year to up their skills for the competition.

Coach Luke Cavanagh said their main focus through the weeks of training was teamwork while playing.

“[We concentrated on the] boys coming together and sticking together with teamwork,” he said.

“You could see the improvement in each day.

“The boys put their bodies on the line and gave it a good crack.”

The weekend packed with football had teams step on to the field with the intention of raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention at the forefront.

The Gomeroi Roos are planning to play another competition in September, this time to raise money for children in care.

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