July 10, 2021

Rugby league fans should be making tracks to Murgon next Saturday when a round of Queensland’s InTrust Super Cup returns to the South Burnett.

The Murgon Junior Rugby League Club is hosting the “Activate! Queensland” Country Week clash between the Sunshine Coast Falcons and the Tweed Seagulls from 2:10pm at Murgon Showgrounds.

The in-form Seagulls are currently holding down third spot on the ladder but will be keen to dominate the Falcons.

Tweed are possibly still smarting from their 36-0 loss at home to the Falcons the last time they met, back in June 2019.

The game will also be broadcast live on Kayo Freebies

The big day at Murgon is being sponsored by local business, Gleich Contracting.

As well as the top-shelf InTrust game, there will be a full day of local league, including Under 6s to Under 12s, an Under 14s round robin, women’s games, an Under 18s game between the South Burnett Eagles and Pittsworth, and two South Burnett A Grade games: Kingaroy v Nanango, and Murgon v Cherbourg.

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Junior Carnivals

South Burnett Eagles’ junior players and their support crews have been kept very busy over the past two weeks at two big Zone carnivals.

The Zone 5 Under 35kg carnival was played at Roma during the first week of the school holidays.

The South Burnett U35kg team was Jamychal Smallwood, Derek Aubrey, Hudson Murphy, Jekobie Cox, Cooper Kruse, Lakiri Renouf, Mason Fuller-Sandys, Mac Smith, Zayne Bartlett, Blake Cullen, Dane Harrison, Kye Borninkhof, Preston Simpkins, Fahryn-James Barkle and Beau Laherty.

South Burnett players Ella Stanton, Chloe Dennis, Zavier Frahm, Riley Schulz and Diesel Greenslade helped out by running for Cunnamulla.

The Eagles took on teams from Wynnum, Western Downs, McIntyre, Central Downs, Balonne-Barwon, Cunnamulla, Charleville and Roma in back-to-back league games across the week as well as a challenging athletics carnival. They notched up five wins, and missed out on the athletics crown by just one point!

Congratulations to South Burnett players Hudson Murphy, Mason Fuller-Sandys, Lakiri Renouf and Blake Cullen who were selected for the East side to take on West at the end of the carnival.

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The South Burnett Eagles’ Under 43kg team at the end of their carnival at Wandoan (Photo: Candice Braithwaite)

The Zone 5 Under 43kg carnival was played at Wandoan during the second week of the holidays.

The Eagles took on teams from Wynnum, Western Downs, McIntyre, Central Downs, Balonne-Barwon, Cunnamulla and Warwick in back-to-back league games as well as the rest-day athletics carnival. They secured three wins in sometimes difficult conditions.

The South Burnett U43kg team was Mitchell Prain, Alex Farmilo, Jaxon Branch, Toby Cameron, Isaac Hauritz, Mikey Jones, Tyler Fuller-Sandys, Jack Schulz, Beau Perrett, Tyjahn Clark, Declan Puller, Will Champney, Lachlan Taylor, Nate Needham, Jet Allan and Patterson Braithwaite.

Congratulations to South Burnett players Alex Farmilo, Mitchell Prain, Isaac Hauritz and Nate Needham who were selected for the Country side to take on City at the end of the carnival.

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Recent South Burnett Results

It was messy as two players dived for the loose ball but the try was awarded to Wondai’s No 4 Racerdo Arnold
Oops … who needs enemies?

On June 26, two A Grade rugby league games were played at Wondai Sportsground, with players and spectators dodging showers. 

The Wondai Wolves’ last home game of the season coincided with the annual Wondai Country Running Festival which meant crowds were down a little.

In the first game, Nanango 44 defeated Wondai 20 after leading 24-4 at half-time.

Wondai had a much stronger second half, in a sometimes fiery game.

Nanango try scorers were Blake Harvey (2), Jackson Mladenovic (2), Rhyse Simpson, Nick Frohloff,  Tyren Smallwood, Tom Springate and Jakeb Mead. Mead and Springate kicked two goals apiece.

For Wondai, tries were scored by Racerdo Arnold, Malik Saltner, Anthony Dynevor and Michael Rae. Alex Speedy kicked two conversions.

Jakeb Mead evades the Wondai defence to score in the corner for the Stags
Anthony Dynevor dives over the line to score for the Wolves midway through the second half

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An ankle tap brings a promising move by the Red Ants to a sudden halt

In the second game, Cherbourg 44 proved too strong for Kingaroy 28, after the Red Ants led 18-16 at half-time.

The game was much closer than the final score indicated … with 12 minutes to go in the first half, the teams were locked at 12-all.

Cherbourg try scorers were Tyresee Gyemore (2), Malachi Wallace (2), Errol Simpson, Bernard Hopkins, Jalam Aubrey and Fred Bell. Bernard Hopkins kicked six goals.

For Kingaroy, tries were scored by Jye Thorley (3), James Christensen and Blake Augustine. Ashley Smallwood kicked four goals.

Errol Simpson gets to the ball first to score for the Cherbourg Hornets
Tyresee Gyemore scores for Cherbourg … the conversion by Bernard Hopkins levelled the scores at 12-all

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On June 27 at Dalby, the South Burnett Eagles were defeated 46-10 by the Dalby Diehards in Round 11 of the Toowoomba Under 18s competition.

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The Kingaroy Red Ants took off in the second half at Cherbourg but Murgon held on to their lead

On July 3, two A Grade games were played at Cherbourg.

In a close game, Murgon Mustangs survived a second half comeback by Kingaroy to be ahead 22-16 at fulltime.

At half-time, Murgon led 16-4.

Murgon try scorers were Daron Saltner-Bligh, Maurie Fisher, Jonathan Walsh and Jeff Bourne. Daron Saltner-Bligh kicked three goals.

Kingaroy try scorers included Corey Cross and Sam Hugo. Luke Hedges kicked two goals.

The results of the second game, between Cherbourg and Wondai, are not available.

Jonathan Walsh scores for the Murgon Mustangs in the first half

Corey Cross pivots and scores in Kingaroy’s second-half comeback

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This Week’s Games

At Cherbourg:

  • 11:30am – Under 18s – South Burnett Eagles v Oakey
  • 1:05pm – A Grade – Murgon Mustangs v Wondai Wolves
  • 2:35pm – A Grade – Cherbourg Hornets v Nanango Stags

With school back, junior games will resume next weekend.

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UPDATE July 12:  Results from Cherbourg at the weekend:

Under 18s

  • South Burnett Eagles 30 defeated Oakey Bears in a close game.

South Burnett try scorers were Lachlan Bligh (3), Killian Klease, Glen Fisher and Matthew Springate. Lloyd Langton kicked three conversions.

A Grade

  • Murgon defeated Wondai 56-36 after it was 36-all with 20 minutes to go.
  • Nanango defeated Cherbourg 56-10 after leading 18-0 at half-time.

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