Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Wagtails Stick Together for Strong Carnival Win

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Wagtails Stick Together for Strong Carnival Win

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Byline: JAY BUCHAN

IPSWICH rugby league followers know how strong the indigenous influence is in the game locally.

Now everyone else does too.

Ipswich's Purga (Wagtails) won the Brisbane Indigenous Rugby League Carnival at Brisbane's Davies Park on October 10 and 11, ahead of 12 other teams from New South Wales to Bundaberg, including fellow Ipswich team Kambu.

"Me and my cousin (Ranald Link) are descendents from the Purga mission," Wagtails' Raymond Thompson explained.

"That is what we wanted to represent."

The team (pictured) included dual international Andrew Walker, former Ipswich Jet and North Queensland Cowboy Ray Mercy, plus a host of current and former Ipswich Rugby League players.

In the final against NSW's Northern Rivers, the Wagtails looked done as they trailed by two points in the final minutes of the match.

Then Mercy burst onto a Liam Georgetown short ball and raced over to score from 20m out and win 28-24.

Thompson believes it was the closeness of the Wagtails which enabled it to win the competition

"The boys all stuck together," he said. …

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