August 23, 2019
It’s crunch time for the South Burnett Rugby League with a big day of junior and senior games scheduled at Murgon on Saturday.
There’ll be Major and Minor Semi-Finals played in U12s, U14s and A Grade plus a key Under 16s game for the Mustangs.
The winners of the Major Semi-Finals will earn a spot in their respective Grand Finals, while the losers will play the winners of the Minor Semi-Finals next weekend.
The season will be over for the losers of the Minor Semi-Finals.
Murgon Mustangs finished on top of the Senior ladder with 26 points after winning 13 of their 15 games this season.
In second place was Cherbourg (18), followed by Kingaroy (12) and Wondai (4).
Kingaroy will play Wondai in the Minor Semi at 2:00pm, followed by Murgon playing Cherbourg in the Major Semi at 3:45pm.
Both games should be fascinating to watch.
Murgon just held on to defeat Cherbourg 32-30 last week in the final round of the competition, while the Kingaroy Red Ants marked their “Pink Day” cancer fundraising round by downing a spirited Wondai 52-40 after the Wolves enjoyed a very strong second half.
At 12:55pm, Murgon will be playing second-placed Souths in the last round of the Toowoomba JRL Under 16s competition.
The Mustangs are currently in third spot on the ladder.
This is a key game for Murgon to decide semi-final places.
The final make-up of the top four will also hinge on the result of the game between fourth and fifth-placed Dalby and Brothers which will be played in Toowoomba.
Nanango and Murgon finished on top of the ladder with 26 points, with the Stags taking out the Minor Premiership on for/against.
Chinchilla and Wondai each earned 12 points, with Chinchilla ahead.
Chinchilla will play Wondai in the Minor Semi at 10:25am, followed by Nanango playing Murgon in the Major Semi at 11:40am.
Kingaroy finished on top of the ladder with 25 points followed by Nanango (22), Murgon (15) and Wondai (10).
Murgon will play Wondai in the Minor Semi at 8:30am, followed by Kingaroy playing Nanango in the Major Semi at 9:30am.
South Burnett Eagles women’s teams – U12s, U14s and U17s – will be taking part in a Gala Day on Sunday at Brothers Rugby League ground in Toowoomba.
Each team will play four times:
The top four teams from U14s and U17s on the Gala Day will play off in the Preliminary Finals on September 7 to decide the teams for the Grand Finals on September 14.
For the record, the South Burnett Eagles just missed out on earning a spot in the semi-finals in the Toowoomba JRL Under 18s men’s competition.
The Eagles finished in sixth place on the ladder despite a thumping 52-22 win against Pittsworth in the final round played on August 10.
The narrow loss a week before against competition leaders Souths at Cherbourg put paid to their hopes of earning a semi-final berth.