In the pink … Corey Woodall, Alisha Nettelfield, Talia Qualifcheski, Kym Woodall and Darren Geiger, all from Kingaroy

April 27, 2018

Kingaroy’s T.J. O’Neill Oval turned pink last Saturday for the Kingaroy Red Ants’ annual “Playing For A Cause” fundraiser for cancer research.

Kingaroy teams from U6s through to A Grade wore pink – either socks, guernseys or both.

There was also pink fairy floss for the kids as well as face-painting and jumping castles.

Many of the spectators also wore pink and there were pink balloons and streamers galore.

There was also plenty of footy action on the field for spectators to enjoy, including a full range of junior games, an U18s Toowoomba Rugby League game between the South Burnett Eagles and Highfields, and a very close and exciting seniors clash between the the Kingaroy “Pink” Ants and the Nanango Stags.

William Esen scores for Nanango in the U12s game against Kingaroy … Kingaroy won 14-8

Amber, Eric and Brock Spicer from Jumping Jokers Jumping Castles

Chris Spicer, from Glen Rock, was busy with the fairy floss machine
South Burnett U18s girls and U16s girls put on an exhibition match … with the U16s testing their older colleagues
Cory Haywood pushes away the South Burnett Eagles’ defence to score for Highfield in the U18s; the visitors went on to win 36-8 … both South Burnett tries were scored by Connor Sullivan

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Kingaroy defence rattled Nanango’s attack

A Grade

The A Grade game between Kingaroy and Nanango had spectators on the edges if their seats right until the full-time siren.

At half-time, the sides could not have been closer with the scores locked 10-all.

Goal kickers from both sides were having a tough day because of the windy conditions.

Nanango scored first in the second half to take the lead 16-10 but a few minutes later lost a player for 10 minutes to the sin bin, apparently for chipping the ref.

Kingaroy took advantage of the subsequent gaps in the Stags’ defence to put on two quick tries – to Jye Hopkins and Jayden Jarvis – to overtake Nanango 18-16.

With 12 minutes to go, a try attempt by the Stags was disallowed when the player was ruled to have gone into touch.

But just two minutes later, Warwick Keating made no mistake, planting the ball near the corner flag to put Nanango back in the lead 20-18.

With 10 minutes to go, Nanango looked to have the game wrapped up but Kingaroy kept up the pressure.

Mitchell Crossley finally got the ball over the line to give the game to Kingaroy 22-20.

Kingaroy tries were scored by Isaiah Gray, Rory Mackenzie, Jye Hopkins, Jayden Jarvis and Mitchell Crossley.  Kirby Rubesaame kicked one goal.

Nanango tries were scored by Blake Harvey (2), Pat McCallum and Warwick Keating.  Kieran Harvey kicked two goals.

Rory Mackenzie scores for the Pink Ants mid-way through the first half, taking Kingaroy to an 8-4 lead

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In the other A Grade game played at the weekend, the Wondai Wolves took on the Cherbourg Hornets at Murgon Showground.

Unfortunately, for the second weekend in a row, the battered Wolves could not complete the game.

When the game was called off at half-time, Cherbourg was ahead 48-12.

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This Weekend

Friday – Nanango v Wondai (at Nanango)

  • 5:00pm – U6s/U8s
  • 5:30pm – U10s
  • 6:00pm – U12s
  • 7:00pm – U16s
  • 8:00pm – A Grade

UPDATE: In A Grade, Nanango defeated Wondai 94-10

Saturday – Kingaroy v Central Burnett (at Kingaroy)

  • 9:30am – U6s / U8s
  • 10:30am – U10s
  • 11:45am – U12s
  • 1:00pm – U14s
  • 2:00pm – U16s (game forfeited by CB)
  • 3:15pm – U18s – South Burnett v Dalby Diehards
  • 4:45pm – A Grade – Kingaroy v Murgon

Saturday – Murgon v Cherbourg (at Murgon)

  • 8:30am – U6s 
  • 9:15am – U8s
  • 10:00am – U10s
  • 11:15am – U12s
  • 12:15pm – U14s – Murgon v Chinchilla
  • 1:15pm – U16s – Murgon v Chinchilla
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