We've done it! The South Burnett Eagles went through the 43kg carnival undefeated and hoisted the championship trophy

July 11, 2015

The South Burnett Eagles have broken a 50-year drought – and Murgon is celebrating a great week for the town – after the 50th Anniversary 43kg rugby league carnival drew to a close on Friday afternoon.

The young South Burnett players went through their games undefeated, although their second match-up on Day 1 ended in a hard-fought draw with the Balonne Barwon Bandits.

The Eagles’ results put them at the top of the ladder after all games were played, the first time they have achieved this in the 50 years the carnival has been running.

Eight teams took part: Balonne Barwon Bandits, Central Downs, Cunnamulla Rams, McIntyre, South Burnett Eagles, Warwick & Southern Downs, Western Downs Wild Dogs and the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls.

To top off the South Burnett success, four Eagles were then selected in the Country team which defeated City on Friday afternoon as a finale to the carnival: Bailey Alexander, Harry Perrett, Albert Dynevor and Glen Fisher.

The last time the 43kg Carnival was contested in Murgon was in 2007.

The 2015 event should have provided a mini-economic boost for the town, as each team was accompanied by a string of support staff.

Proud relatives and friends also filled the Murgon Showgrounds every day to watch the teams play.

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South Burnett Eagles Results

We're Number 1 ... the South Burnett Eagles after their 10-6 victory over Western Downs on the last day of the carnival

Day 1:

  • South Burnett 34 – Cunnamulla 0
  • South Burnett 20 – Balonne Barwon 20

Day 2:

  • South Burnett 20 – Wynnum 10
  • South Burnett 22 – McIntyre 14

Day 3:

  • South Burnett 24 – Warwick 10
  • South Burnett 24 – Central Downs 12

Day 4:

  • South Burnett 10 – Western Downs 6

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South Burnett Trophies

The South Burnett Eagles line up to receive their Championship medals from George Gall, who was made a Life Member of Zone 5 on Thursday night
South Burnett Player Trophies went to Ryan Jones (Most Improved), Glen Fisher (Best Back) and Harry Perrett (Best Forward)

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Carnival Trophies

Player of the Carnival ... Isaac Hooper from the Balonne Barwon Bandits
The JD Photography Sportmanship award was presented to Trae Bennetto (McIntyre) ... Trae is with Peter McConnell (JD Photography)
Best Forward of the Carnival was a tie ... Dylan Medding (McIntyre) and Jacob Meddleton (Central Downs)
Best Back of the Carnival ... Albert Dynevor (South Burnett)

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City v Country

Country defeated City 28-16 in the last match played during the 43kg carnival

Country began strongly in their clash against City, the final game in the 43kg Carnival.

At half-time, Country led 14-4 but a strong comeback by City in the second half narrowed the margin to 18-16 with 11 minutes to go.

However, Country rallied and quickly put on two tries to take the final score to 28-16.

Try scorers for Country were Albert Dynevor (2), Isaac Hooper (2), Damon Thompson and Glen Fisher. Greg Fisher and Glen Fisher each kicked one goal.

Try scorers for City were Darcy Kirby, Kobi Clarkson and Wiremu Willis. Nick Carrie and Zeke Anderson kicked a goal each.

Damon Thompson takes the Country lead to 8-0 in the first half
Albert Dynevor puts the icing on the cake for Country ... scoring his second try with three minutes left in the game
Four South Burnett Eagles were selected to play in the Country team ... Bailey Alexander, Harry Perrett, Albert Dynevor and Glen Fisher
Two extra players from Cherbourg also earned Country selection, playing with the Cunnamulla Rams ... Glen Fisher, Albert Dynevor, Selwyn Dynevor and Greg Fisher (Cherbourg) with Frankie Roma (Chinchilla)

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City v Country – Players Selected

Country
Albert Dynevor
Greg Fisher
Neo Harth
Damon Thompson
Selwyn Dynevor
Glen Fisher
Frankie Roma
Isaac Hooper
Rhyley Petfield
Hayden Lawson
Will Playstead
Bailey Alexander
Harry Perrett
Ryan Heness
Sam Ellem
Joseph Shaw
City
Darcy Kirby
Kobi Clarkson
Wiremu Willis
Jacob Meddleton
Joe MacQueen
Nick Carrie
George Christodolou
Dylan Medding
Kayne Rogerson
Ryley Lever
Byron Mayo
Dean Macuch
Daniel Howard
Casey Hooper
Zeke Anderson
Hamish Rutherford