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The South Burnett Eagles after their fourth straight win at the U35kg carnival

July 3, 2018

Kingaroy’s been overrun by young kids this school holidays but no one’s complaining! 

The town was selected to host the Zone 5 Under 35kg junior rugby league carnival which means more than 120 10-year-olds, along with coaches, support staff and proud parents have descended on the town.

Some are camped at the Kingaroy Showgrounds but many of the adults have booked rooms in local motels, providing a nice little boost to Kingaroy’s economy.

The carnival is the first U35kg zone event to be held in the South Burnett, and is being co-hosted by the Kingaroy Red Ants and the Murgon Mustangs clubs.

Previous large junior rugby league carnivals to be held in the region were the Central Division Junior Carnival in Kingaroy in 2016 and the U43kg Zone carnival in Murgon in 2015 – both of which also attracted large contingents of players and supporters.

This time around, a representative team from the South Burnett – selected from players drawn from all South Burnett clubs – is taking on teams from Balonne Barwon, Central Downs, Charleville, Cunnamulla, Macintyre, Roma, Western Downs and Wynnum in games at T.J. O’Neill Oval.

The first games kicked off on Monday morning after the official weigh-in on Sunday.

So far, the South Burnett youngsters have played four games – for four wins – but they also know they have some big games ahead of them.

Coach Jason Webber said the carnival had been great so far and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

The weather had also been perfect although a heavy scud of rain hit the ground on Monday afternoon with just five minutes left in the last game of the day.

A small social event for sponsors, team officials and local business people was held at the Red Ants clubhouse on Tuesday evening … Andrew and Gaye Hobbs, from Wondai, with Kingaroy RSL Club vice-president Ross Olsson

Central Downs coach Ian Brady with his wife Kellie

Working hard behind the bar on the Ant Hill … Allen Christensen and Wayne Frohloff

Scott Haverhoek and Justin Ramsay (Balonne Barwon) with Brett and Stacey Ramsay (Western Downs)

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South Burnett v Western Downs

The South Burnett Eagles notched up their fourth straight win of the carnival on Tuesday afternoon, downing Western Downs 30-16.

But there’s still some big days of football – and some big challenges – ahead for the boys.

On Wednesday (Day 3), they face games against Cunnamulla and Central Downs; and on Thursday (Day 4), against Charleville and Wynnum.

There’s no final of the competition (it’s decided purely on points) but the best players from all teams will face off in an East v West game at noon on Friday, which will be followed by presentations at 1:00pm.

Robert Hyams puts the South Burnett’s first points on the board in their game against Western Downs on Tuesday afternoon

Benjamin Walsh evades a Western Downs’ tackle to score a try for the Eagles

Zac Harris scores in the corner for the South Burnett Eagles

Riley Gale pushes through the Western Downs’ defenders for another South Burnett try

That’s another one! Parker Alexander carefully places the ball over the line to score for the Eagles

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South Burnett Eagles Celebrate A Win

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South Burnett Results (so far)

Day 1

South Burnett def. Roma 30-26

  • Tries: Zac Harris (2), Lawson Braithwaite (2) and Robert Hyams
  • Goals: Lawson Braithwaite, Robert Hyams, Will Webber, Benjamin Walsh and Parker Alexander

South Burnett def. McIntyre 42-16

  • Tries: Will Webber, Benjamin Walsh, Lewis Hopkins, James Searle, Zac Harris, Slater Green and Andrew Coutts
  • Goals: Lawson Braithwaite, Zac Harris, Will Webber, James Searle, Robert Hyams, Lewis Hopkins and Archie Pointon

Day 2

South Burnett def. Balonne Barwon 16-5

  • Tries: Will Webber (2) and Lawson Braithwaite
  • Goals: Lawson Braithwaite and Will Webber

South Burnett def. Western Downs 30-16

  • Tries: Robert Hyams, Benjamin Walsh, Zac Harris, Riley Gale and Parker Alexander
  • Goals: Lawson Braithwaite, Zac Harris, Will Webber, Benjamin Walsh and Parker Alexander

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