June 22, 2018
Nanango Stags stamped their dominance on the 2018 senior South Burnett Rugby League last Saturday by downing the Cherbourg Hornets … at Cherbourg.
Defeating the Hornets is a hard task for any team at the best of times, but beating them in front of a home crowd is usually almost impossible.
The game started evenly enough with Nanango drawing first blood through a try to Kieran Douglas, which was quickly answered by Cherbourg’s Alex Speedy.
A few minutes later Speedy put the home team ahead 6-4 by kicking a rare penalty goal.
Both teams then scored ahead of the break, to take the half-time score to Cherbourg 10, Nanango 8.
The Stags came out firing in the second half, putting on five tries to one until the Hornets scored a consolation try with just over a minute on the clock.
The final score was Nanango 36, Cherbourg 20.
Nanango tries were scored by Kieran Douglas (2), Shane Argent (2), Chris Clark, Harley Farrar and Brent Greenslade. Rhyse Simpson kicked four goals.
Cherbourg tries were scored by Tyrone Murray (2), Alex Speedy and Peter Langton. Alex Speedy and Bernard Hopkins kicked one goal apiece.
Wondai Sportsground hosted a double header in the Sunshine Coast Rugby League Open Women’s competition on Saturday afternoon.
In the first game, Kawana was leading Noosa 20-6 at half-time, and then kept them scoreless in the second half to win 34-6.
The second game was between the South Burnett Eagles and Nambour.
South Burnett were ahead 18-6 at the break, and then put on another try in the second half to seal the victory 24-6.
South Burnett tries were scored by Celeste Purcell, Sheryl-Lee Barnes-Parsons, Hayley Grattidge and Keisha Carstairs. Hannah Allcock kicked three goals and Ivana Fuller kicked one.
Nambour’s points came via a try to Keeyah Jeffs and a goal to Ciara Treacy.
Under 20 South Burnett squad has been selected ahead of the Gladstone 47th Battalion carnival on June 30. The final team will be selected next week:
At Nanango: Nanango v Kingaroy
At Wondai: Wondai v Murgon
Wondai U12s and U14s will be playing Chinchilla in Chinchilla.
Cherbourg U6s, U8s, U10s and U12s will be playing Central Burnett in Gayndah.
South Burnett women’s teams were scheduled to play on Friday evening in Beachmere (U14s), Kawana (U16s) and Cooroy (Open).