February 25, 2013
By Martin Stern
Football South Burnett
The Evolution Solar Football 7s Carnival played in Kingaroy at the weekend was once again a resounding success.
Forty-five teams from around Southern Queensland competed in the men’s, women’s and over 35’s divisions.
After last year’s cancellation due to heavy rain, the weather gods smiled upon soccer fans in 2013 and this year proved to be one of the closest and toughest carnivals ever.
The rain held off for most of the day with only an occasional shower passing across the fields.
The weekend belonged to visiting teams, with Kawana winning the Men’s Division, Hervey Bay too good in the Women’s Division and Wanderers (Toowoomba) taking out the Over 35s.
In the Over 35s. the South Burnett’s “Fossils” team made the Semi-Finals, narrowly going down to Wanderers in a penalty shootout.
In the Men’s Division, Merry Men – made up mainly of ex-local players – went down 1-0 to eventual winner Kawana.
The surprise package was Roma men who made their debut at the carnival.
They played some very attractive football but narrowly missed making the finals.
It was also great to see the Bundaberg teams make an appearance after the recent flood disaster up there.
Moore Park Rangers were runners-up in the Men’s Division.
The Carnival is one of the largest in Queensland and has been going for well over 30 years.
It is always a huge social event and pumps a lot of dollars into the local economy.
It was estimated that more than 600 people attended the weekend.
A Football South Burnett spokesman congratulated all who volunteered on the weekend to keep things running smoothly and on time.
“Also thank you to visiting referees. Without your help things would have been a lot harder,” the spokesman said.
“All teams enjoyed the weekend and expect to be back for next year’s carnival.”
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Men’s Pool A
1. Caloundra Red
2. Hervey Bay
Men’s Pool B
1. Moore Park
2. Kawana Bananas
Men’s Pool C
1. Moore Park Rangers
2. USQ Blue
Men’s Pool D
1. Merry Men
2. Caloundra White
Hervey Bay 2 – Moore Park 0
Kawana Bananas 1 – Caloundra Red 0
Moore Park Rangers 1 – Caloundra White 0
Merry Men 4 – USQ Blue 2 (penalty shootout)
Moore Park Rangers 2 – Hervey Bay 1
Kawana Bananas 1 – Merry Men 0
Kawana Bananas 1 – Moore Park Rangers 0
Men’s Over 35
1. EFI White
Wanderers 6 – Fossils 5 (penalty shootout)
EFI White 2 – Chinchilla 0
Wanderers 1 – EFI White 0
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2. Hervey Bay
Virginia 2 – Kawana 0
Hervey Bay 2 – USQ 1
Hervey Bay 3 – Virginia 2 (penalty shootout)
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