June 11, 2021
Kingaroy Red Ants raised an amazing $10,000 for breast cancer research at their annual Pink Day at T.J. O’Neill Oval last Saturday.
Club president Wayne Frohloff said it had been a huge day, with funds raised through the sponsorship of the A Grade jerseys, raffles, cupcake sales, a jumping castle and a percentage of the gate and canteen takings.
The Pink Day – dubbed “Playing For a Cure” – featured all-day rugby league from juniors in the morning through to two A Grade games, played under lights on a chilly Kingaroy night.
The sizeable crowd also enjoyed a “battle of the birds” in Under 15s, Under 16s and Under 17s with the South Burnett Eagles taking on the Highfields Eagles.
And in Under 18s, the home crowd cheered on the South Burnett in an exciting contest against Toowoomba Brothers.
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Rugby league returns to Murgon this Saturday with junior games, two A Grade games and an Over 35s mini-carnival (see Game Times, below) which should attract some old war horses back to the paddock.
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The first A Grade game played on Saturday night was between the Kingaroy “Pink Ants” and the Wondai Wolves.
At half-time, Kingaroy was ahead 22-6 with Alex Georgetown scoring Wondai’s solitary try and conversion.
The Wolves came back stronger after the break but it wasn’t enough, with Kingaroy running away with a 40-28 victory.
Kingaroy try scorers included Ashley Smallwood (2), Mitchell Case, Luke Hedges, Connor Sullivan and Corey Cross. Luke Hedges kicked six goals.
For Wondai, tries were scored by Alex Georgetown, Sonny Weazel, Anthony Dynevor, Courtney Sandow and Steven Langton Watcho. Alex Georgetown kicked four conversions.
In the second A Grade game, Nanango returned to the winners’ circle, defeating the Murgon Mustangs 56-12.
Stags’ tries were scored by Patrick Gentry (3), Blake Harvey (2), Robert Ryan (2), Rhyse Simpson, Thomas Springate, Harley Farrar and Jackson Mladenovic. Rhyse Simpson kicked six goals.
For Murgon, tries were scored by Lloyd Saltner and Elwyn Fewquandie. Daron Saltner-Bligh and Edward Aubrey kicked a goal apiece.
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In the first Under 14s game, Murgon 28 defeated Nanango.
Murgon try scorers included Darryl Gyemore, Ziggy Pidgeon, Dustin Ramke and Andrew Coutts. Goals were kicked by Zachary Harris (2), Will Webber and Darryl Gyemore.
In the second Under 14s game, Kingaroy 38 defeated Chinchilla.
Kingaroy try scorers were Liam Irwin, Brayden Watcho-Page, Jamie Searle, Harrison Braithwaite, Rory Crumpton, Tommy Beil and Tom Larsen. Lawson Braithwaite kicked five goals.
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In Under 15s, the South Burnett Eagles defeated the Highfields Eagles 36-12.
South Burnett try scorers were Casey Jones (2), Chris Simpson (2), Billy Makie (2), James Jacobs and Tom Currin.
Tom Currin and Billy Makie each kicked one goal.
Highfields’ tries were scored by Braydon Hobson, Mark Jensen and Kain McDougall.
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South Burnett Eagles U16s proved too strong for Highfields in their clash, winning 20-6 after leading 6-0 at half-time.
South Burnett try scorers were Joe Meikle (2), Michael Fish and Malaky Swan. Jayden Smallwood kicked two goals.
The Highfields’ try was scored by Regan Anderson and converted by Brady Dodd.
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South Burnett U17 girls played a nine-a-side game against Highfields on a reduced-size field.
Highfields came out on top 44-10.
South Burnett tries were scored by Aquila Malone and Samantha Cobbo. Keturah Murray kicked one goal.
Sienna Norris starred for Highfields, kicking six conversions and one try.
Other Highfields try scorers were Katelyn Collie (2), Reyna Core (2), Darcey Patterson, Maya Jackson and Mackenzie Zellar.
In Under 18s, the South Burnett Eagles took on Toowoomba Brothers in an exciting game, with the lead see-sawing in the first half.
Lloyd Langton opened the scoring for the South Burnett, converting his own try and then minutes later grabbed an intercept and ran the length of the field to score again.
But Brothers hit back almost immediately, and locked the scores at 10-all at the mid-point of the half.
Langton broke the impasse with another try – which he converted – to put South Burnett ahead again.
Another converted Brothers’ try – this time by fullback Tuy Schieb – then locked the scores again at 16-all.
Angus Kelly then scored four minutes later, and Toowoomba took the lead, 20-16.
Two minutes before half-time Lennox Bligh levelled the scores again at 20-all, with Langton’s conversion taking the home side into the break with a nose ahead, 22-20.
The South Burnett Eagles dominated after the break, especially when Highfields lost a player to the bin for 10 minutes and Langton kicked the penalty goal.
But Highfields managed a consolation try late in the game to take the final score to 40-26.
Eagles tries were scored by Lloyd Langton (3), Lennox Bligh (2), Killian Klease and Xealand Eustace. Lloyd Langton kicked five conversions and one penalty goal.
Brothers’ try scorers were Kerion Parravicini, Tuy Schieb, Angus Kelly, Dillon McFeeters and Geoff Harvey. Wapu Elara kicked three goals.
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This Week’s Games
- 8:00am – Under 12s – Kingaroy 1 v Murgon 2
- 8:45am – Under 12s – Kingaroy 2 v Cherbourg
- 9:30am – Under 12s – Nanango v Murgon 1
- 10:15am – Under 12s – Kingaroy 3 v Under 43kg
- 11:00am – Under 14s – Kingaroy v Nanango
- 11:55am – Under 14s – Chinchilla v Murgon
Field 1 – Over 35s
- 12:50pm – Murgon v Wondai / Kingaroy
- 1:05pm – Wondai/Kingaroy v Goomeri/Kilkivan
- 1:20pm – Goomeri/Kilkivan v Murgon
- 1:35pm – Murgon v Wondai/Kingaroy
- 1:50pm – Wondai/Kingaroy v Goomeri/Kilkivan
- 2:05pm – Goomeri/Kilkivan v Murgon
- 2:20pm – Under 18s – South Burnett v Goondiwindi
- 3:35pm – A Grade – Murgon v Kingaroy
- 5:00pm – A Grade – Wondai v Cherbourg
- 8:00am – Under 6s
- 8:45am – Under 8s
- 10:00am – Under 10s – Kingaroy 1 v Nanango
- 10:50am – Under 10s – Kingaroy 2 v Murgon 2
- 11:40am – Under 10s – Murgon 1 v Wondai/Cherbourg