The victorious Kawana Bananas proved too strong in the final for Moore Park Rangers

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.”

Sarah Walker accepted the Women's prize cheque from Evolution Solar's Steve Tilley
Kawana captain Clay Maynard with Steve Tilley from Evolution Solar
The Kingaroy Senior Soccer fields were a colourful collection of marquees, shade shelters, players and spectators
Lis Buzzo and Theresa Jensen were keeping track of the scores
Gary Tessmann, Michael Harley and Cameron Sterling were cooking up the snags
Rae Simons, Jackie North and Carissa Erichsen were working hard in the canteen ... Jackie celebrated her birthday on Sunday, which the visiting teams wouldn't let her forget!

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Results

Men’s

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

Quarter-Finals
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)

Semi-Finals:
Moore Park Rangers 2 – Hervey Bay 1
Kawana Bananas 1 – Merry Men 0

Final:
Kawana Bananas 1 – Moore Park Rangers 0

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Wanderers, who narrowly scraped into the final after winning a penalty shootout against Fossils, defeated EFI White to take out the Over 35s

Men’s Over 35

Pool A
1. Fossils
2. Chinchilla

Pool B
1. EFI White
2. Wanderers

The women from Hervey Bay downed Virginia in a penalty shootout in the final

Semi Finals:
Wanderers 6 – Fossils 5 (penalty shootout)
EFI White 2 – Chinchilla 0

Final:
Wanderers 1 – EFI White 0

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Women’s

Pool A
1. Virginia
2. Hervey Bay

Pool B
1. USQ
2. Kawana

Semi-Finals:
Virginia 2 – Kawana 0
Hervey Bay 2 – USQ 1

Final:
Hervey Bay 3 – Virginia 2 (penalty shootout)

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Young Guns Ryan Mooney on goal against Moore Park Rangers, while Zac Strauss looks on
(Photo: Martin Stern)
The final between Kawana Bananas and Moore Park Rangers was fast and strongly contested
The Hervey Bay v Virginia final was settled by a penalty shootout
Kawana Bananas knocked out Merry Men in the semi-finals
Mauro Buzzo (Fossils) shadows a Wanderers player in the Over 35s semi-final
Nanango Panthers played Bundaberg team Alloway on Saturday morning
Merry Men, mostly made up of South Burnett players, lost to eventual winners Kawana in the semi-final