HIT UP: Gayndah rugby league player Ruby Cuthbertson takes a tackle for South Burnett Eagles U17 girls at the 47th Battalion Carnival in Murgon last weekend.
HIT UP: Gayndah rugby league player Ruby Cuthbertson takes a tackle for South Burnett Eagles U17 girls at the 47th Battalion Carnival in Murgon last weekend. Contributed

Ruby rules the roost at 47th Battalion Carnival

RUBY Cuthbertson was born for footy and knew rugby league would be her game of choice.

"Netball wasn't for me, none of that girly sport was for me," Cuthbertson said while training with the Central Burnett Brumbies on Tuesday.

"The more contact the better."

She just wants to smash people on the field?

"Pretty much."

The Year 9 Burnett State College student got to flex her footy muscles on Saturday when she competed in the junior 47th Battalion Carnival at Murgon Showgrounds with the South Burnett Eagles under-16 girls' team.

The big front rower lorded it over her opponents.

In the first match, the Eagles were tested by the Fraser Coast Crushers, who put up a brave performance before subsiding 20-10.

"(It was a) good game, everyone played even, there was no fighting," Cuthbertson said.

 

Central Burnett Brumbies player Ruby Cuthbertson (centre) playing for South Burnett U17 girls' Eagles at the 47th Battalion Carnival in Murgon last weekend.
Central Burnett Brumbies player Ruby Cuthbertson (centre) playing for South Burnett U17 girls' Eagles at the 47th Battalion Carnival in Murgon last weekend. Contributed

But South Burnett was just warming up.

In their next match against Bundaberg Bears, the Eagles had been reduced to nine players after an injury against the Crushers thinned their ranks.

The Bears lent the Eagles two players, yet despite the match being played as 13 on 11, the Eagles still cantered home, keeping the Bears scoreless as they romped in try after try, finishing 38-0.

Cuthbertson's exploits on the field has earned her selection in the Wide Bay Bulls under-16 girls' team, although she doesn't know her position yet.

She's scheduled to travel to Murgon with the team for a training camp in the first weekend of June before the Bulls play in the Central Region junior trials in Bundaberg from June 8-9.

Do well there and a place in the squad for the QRL State Championships in July beckons.

Cuthbertson plays for the Kingaroy Red Ants U17 girls' team but she trains regularly with the Central Burnett Brumbies.

"They give me a good run around," she said.

She trains on Thursdays with Kingaroy in Wondai and travels regularly to Toowoomba, where most of her games are played.


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