SELECTED: Isis fullback Jayden Alberts will play in the 47th Battalion carnival this weekend.
SELECTED: Isis fullback Jayden Alberts will play in the 47th Battalion carnival this weekend. Alistair Brightman

READY TO MAKE AMENDS: BRL want 47th Battalion win

LEAGUE: Inspiration to perform this weekend in the 47th Battalion in Yeppoon has not been hard for the men's Bundaberg Rugby League side.

The side is still disappointed after losing last year's carnival despite an unbeaten campaign and have been putting in the hard yards to make amends.

Picking a 20-player squad the BRL has been training the past two Wednesday's to get ready for the event.

"Last year has certainly fired up the boys,” coach Dave Pearce said.

"Thankfully the big thing is the format has been thrown out the window this year.

"You just need to keep winning.”

Last year teams were rewarded for leading at both half time and full time, which ultimately cost the BRL as they did lead enough at half time in their contests.

This year though the format promotes wins.

The BRL will start their campaign against the Central Highlands with the winner qualifying with three other sides to the Trophy and overall semi-finals.

The loser will qualify for the Plate final, which puts the losers of three sides together to decide the title.

In reality the BRL face one shot to make the final overall.

"I have belief in my players to lift to another level in this tournament,” Pearce said.

"I've selected players who have the quality to do that at this tournament.”

The Isis Devils have the most players in the squad with six as seven of the eight clubs are represented in the team.

The only team not in the carnival is Western Suburbs who would have had a player if Josh Tanner was not suspended last weekend in the local competition.

"I've got plenty of hope and faith in the back-line, they are very fast,” Pearce said.

"We've also got hard working forwards who will work quickly to play the ball.

"With 25 minute halves it is important we don't have players laying on the ground and have speed in our play.”

Pearce has also been impressed with the players.

"We've had excellent sessions and their attitude to the cause has been fantastic,” he said.

"They are very switched on and are ready to play.”

Much of that has come down to captain Jake Thompson.

The Isis Devil will lead the side after returning to the competition from playing for the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Intrust Super Cup.

"He's a very confident player who brings lots of experience to the side,” Pearce said.

"We're hoping to have a very successful carnival.”

The side will leave today for Yeppoon and start their campaign tomorrow against the Central Highlands at 11am.

BRL TEAM

SQUAD: Logona Vetemotu, Billy Stefaniuk, Trent Seeds, Shaun Collins, Andrew Lamkam, Jayden Alberts, Luke Waters, Kevin Sheriff, Jack Horder, Robert Nona, Heti Kafoa, Sonny Oloapum, Jake Thompson (c), Steven Dwyer, Chris Ford, Corey Helmuth, Aaron Flanagan, Starr Masae, Danny Moran, Timothy Cole, David Pearce (coach), Dale Evans (manager)



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