March 29, 2019
The 2019 South Burnett rugby league competition got off to a blazing start last weekend … and despite the loss of last year’s premiers from the competition, the season is looking promising.
Two closely fought games in A Grade gave the fans plenty to cheer about.
The first was between the Wondai Wolves and the Cherbourg Hornets, played in scorching heat at Wondai Sportsground.
An undermanned Wondai side put on courageous performances week-after-week last year despite having cricket scores racked up against them.
But they’re off to a much better start this year.
At half-time against the Hornets, the Wolves were in the lead 26-16 (which included a penalty try).
However, by full-time, Cherbourg had overhauled the home team 42-30.
Even so, Wolves’ fans would have gone home happy with their team’s performance.
Cherbourg try scorers were Fred Cobbo (2), Anthony Gray (2), Bernard Hopkins, Nathan Gadd, Peter Carlo and Thomas Simpson. Theo Fisher kicked three goals and George Fisher, two.
Wondai tries were scored by Cayden Satrick (2), Steven Langton Watcho (2) and Michael Ray, one. Danny Alberts kicked five goals.
In Kingaroy, the Red Ants (or rather the Pink Ants) took on the Murgon Mustangs.
This game was played in four 20-minute quarters rather than the 40-minute halves endured at Wondai.
At the end of the first quarter, Kingaroy led 12-0.
At half-time, Murgon had narrowed the gap to 12-10; and by three-quarter time the Mustangs had pulled into the lead 16-12.
At full-time, Mustangs’ fans were celebrating a 26-24 victory after a very close game.
Murgon try scorers were Jameel Sullivan, Lehman Brunjes, Barwoo Fisher, Barry Tapau Fewquandie and Maurice Fisher. Chris Bond kicked three goals.
Kingaroy tries were scored by Connor Sullivan (2), Jack Rowan and Jye Hopkins. Rowan kicked four goals.
South Burnett Rugby League president Greg Pomfret confirmed that an InTrust Super Cup game will be played in the South Burnett later this year.
The date and venue is still to be confirmed, but it will be a Round 18 game on July 20-21, most likely between the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Norths Devils.
A Grade – at Cherbourg
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