The victorious Cherbourg Hornets squad after the Grand Final of the Stanwell 9s competition
Cherbourg captain Bernard Hopkins was presented with the shield by Cole Cooper, a member of the Domestic Violence Awareness committee at the Murgon Mustangs which organised the big day of football

May 25, 2018

Cherbourg Hornets successfully defended their Domestic Violence Awareness Shield title at Murgon Showgrounds last Saturday.

The 2017 victors ran away winners, defeating Murgon 22-4 in the Grand Final after leading 14-0 at half-time.

Cherbourg tries were scored by Anthony Gray (2), Fred Cobbo, Kane Bond and Bernard Hopkins. Bernard Hopkins kicked one goal.

Lloyd Saltner scored the Mustangs’ sole try.

The round robin was played as a Nines competition this year, sponsored by Stanwell.

Modified rules included nine players, nine-minute halves, drop kicks for conversions and five-point tries under the sticks.

At a break between games, speakers spoke to the crowd about domestic violence and assistance available in the local community.

Teams from Kingaroy, Wondai, Murgon and Cherbourg took part.

A late withdrawal earlier in the week by Nanango – due to the unavailability of players – caused a hasty rejigging of the schedule for the day and a hefty fine for the Stags’ club.

Anthony Gray extends Cherbourg’s lead to 18-0 in the Stanwell 9s Grand Final
The Hornets celebrated their win afterwards with family members …
… before joining with Murgon Mustangs’ players for a group photo to mark the occasion

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Stanwell 9s Results:

  • Murgon 45 def. Wondai 6
  • Cherbourg 37 def. Kingaroy 8
  • Cherbourg 23 def. Wondai 12
  • Murgon 18 def. Kingaroy 4
  • Murgon 17 def. Cherbourg 10
  • Kingaroy 24 def. Wondai 4

Grand Final – Cherbourg 22 def. Murgon 4

The eventual grand finalists in action … Peter Bligh forces his way to the line to score for the Mustangs in an earlier round of the Stanwell 9s against Cherbourg; Murgon won this game 17-10
Flying high … Kingaroy Red Ants v Wondai Wolves in the Stanwell 9s; Kingaroy won 24-4

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Part of the large crowd of spectators watching the U16s women’s game between the South Burnett and Hervey Bay

The Grand Final of the Stanwell 9s was the highlight of a big day of rugby league action at Murgon.

Earlier in the day, the South Burnett Under 18 Eagles had an easy 54-18 win over the Warwick Cowboys in their Toowoomba Rugby League game.

Eagles’ tries were scored by Tyreece Gyemore (3), Connor Sullivan (2), Jakeb Mead (2), Thomas Springate, Jackson Mladenovic and Jaspar Millar. Thomas Springate (5) and Corey Cross (2) were the goal-kickers.

The South Burnett U16 girls also took on Hervey Bay in an unusual game that was played across two fields.

The match, which had been scheduled to be played on the main arena, began on a secondary field to allow ambulance paramedics to tend to an injured player accidentally knocked out during the last of the Stanwell 9s fixture games.

After half-time, with the South Burnett ahead 30-4, the girls’ game shifted to the main field, with spectators in tow.

The home team eventually romped away winners 34-18.

South Burnett tries were scored by Traevonnah Fisher (2), Sylvia Watson-Compton (2), Tenesha Trunks, Kaylynn Saltner, Shakira Cherry and Audrey Miller. Tenesha Trunks kicked one goal.

In the other women’s rugby league game played on Saturday, Nambour defeated the South Burnett Open team 26-16 at Nambour.

Action from the U16s women’s game between the South Burnett and Hervey Bay

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This Weekend

  • An Over 35s social game will be played at Murgon Showground from 5:30pm on Saturday. A commemorative South Sydney Rabbitohs’ jersey, signed by Greg Inglis, will be raffled to raise funds for the family of Andrew Cole, the Mustangs’ junior coach who tragically died in a car crash earlier this year.


  • U14s – Murgon 30 def. Kingaroy 16 (at Murgon)
  • U16s Women – South Burnett 58 def. Nambour / Noosa 4 (at Cooroy)
  • Open Women – South Burnett 12 def. Noosa 10 (at Cooroy)


Murgon v Kingaroy (at Murgon)

  • 9:30am – Under 6s
  • 10:00am – Under 8s
  • 11:00am – Under 10s
  • 12:30pm – Under 12s
  • 2:00pm – Under 16s
  • 3:30pm – A Grade
  • 5:30pm – Over 35s

Wondai v Cherbourg (at Wondai)

  • 9:45am – Under 6s
  • 10:45am – Under 8s
  • 11:45am – Under 10s
  • 12:45pm – Under 12s
  • 1:30pm – Under 14s
  • 2:30pm – A Grade – Wondai v Nanango

Nanango’s junior games will be played in Gayndah.

In the U18s Toowoomba Rugby League competition, the South Burnett Eagles will be playing Southern Suburbs at Glenholme Park in Toowoomba at 2:00pm, in a clash between 4th and 5th places on the ladder.

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One Response to "Cherbourg’s On Top … Again!"

  1. Danny Holmes  April 26, 2019

    Well done guys. Am pleased you are getting results. Keep setting a good result for our next generations. Thank you all for welcoming me over the Xmas school holidays to your community. Always in my thoughts and would love to be invited up there again to help out anyway I can with your footy. You’re under good leadership so keep enjoying your success. All the best and cheers, Danny Holmes 0404 268 882


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