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FLASHBACK: Cherbourg defeated Murgon 36-30 in the inaugural Domestic Violence Awareness Shield played at Murgon last year (Photo: Kathy Duff)

May 18, 2018

Murgon is getting ready for a huge day of rugby league action on Saturday to help raise awareness about domestic violence in the region.

Murgon Junior Rugby League – in conjunction with the South Burnett Rugby League, Uniting Care Community, Stanwell and the State Government – are hosting the second Domestic Violence Awareness Shield at Murgon Showgrounds.

This free event will involve South Burnett teams playing across six fields.

Juniors – U6s, U8s, U10s and U12s – will play in the morning from 8:00am.

There’ll also be free amusement rides, face painting and NRL legends on hand to help entertain the kids.

The inaugural “Stanwell 9’s” will be held in the afternoon, a round-robin competition involving A Grade teams from Cherbourg, Murgon, Wondai and Kingaroy.

The first round will kick off at 1:30pm, with the Grand Final at 5:00pm.

As well, the South Burnett Under 18 Eagles will play the Warwick Cowboys at 2:30pm, and the South Burnett U16 girls will play Hervey Bay at 3:45pm.

“Violence against women is at epidemic proportions. On average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence,” Murgon JRL spokesman Cole Cooper said.

Cole said the Murgon club had bought together a number of organisations to assist in raising awareness about domestic violence, including representatives from the Mudjimba Safe House and the NRL’s Voice Against Violence Program.

“There will be plenty of activities, refreshments and food available on the day while the future stars, and current champions, compete,” Cole said.

The day is alcohol-free.

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Action from last Saturday’s high-scoring Nanango v Murgon A Grade game played at Nanango:

At half-time, Nanango led 24-16 but the Stags romped away to win 46-30.

In the other senior game played at the weekend, Cherbourg 46 defeated Kingaroy 36 under lights at Nanango. At half-time, the Hornets led 22-8.

Jason Webber scores for the Mustangs in the lead-up to half-time

Barwoo Fisher breaks away from the Nanango defence to get the ball down successfully over the tryline

Nanango puts pressure on the Murgon line early in the second half

Blake Harvey scores for Nanango to take the score to 30-16 in favour of the Stags


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