April 22, 2022
It’s been a long build-up but the 2022 South Burnett Rugby League season will finally kick off on Saturday with a full day of junior and senior games at Kassulke Oval in Nanango.
Clubs are again taking turns this year to host all junior and senior games on one day, a formula that has worked well in recent years.
The Nanango Stags have locked in Round 1, with junior games getting under way at 8:00am for Under 6s and Under 10s, followed by Under 8s and Under 12s.
In the competitive Under 14s, Murgon will take on Chinchilla at 11:30am and Nanango will play Murgon at 4:15pm.
Under 15s, 16s and 17s games in the Toowoomba competition – between the South Burnett Eagles and Highfields – will be played at 12:30pm, 1:45pm and 3:00pm.
A Grade games will be played under lights: Nanango v Wondai at 5:15pm, and Kingaroy v Cherbourg at 6:45pm.
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The season was officially launched on Wednesday with a sponsors’ night at the Kingaroy Red Ants’ clubhouse at T.J. O’Neill Oval.
Special guests were 2023 Dolphins’ coach Wayne Bennett and Dolphins’ head of pathways and current Queensland U19s coach Kurt Richards.
The pair came up from Brisbane earlier in the day to take part in Beyond The Nest training sessions for Under 13s through to Under 18s.
The young players from across the South Burnett and Chinchilla were divided into four groups to be put through skills drills.
Kurt told southburnett.com.au that the Dolphins – who will be entering the NRL competition next year – are forging links with teams across the Wide Bay and Central Queensland.
This provides a possible pathway to bigger competitions for players who want to take their League to a higher level.
It was the second recent visit to Kingaroy by Kurt, who also took part in a BTN training day in March.
He said he was impressed by the excellent turnout at Wednesday’s session as well as the recent Beyond The Nest three-day training camp at Murgon.
Sixty-five young players took part in the intensive sessions at the Murgon camp, including youngsters from Chinchilla for the first time.
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Beyond The Nest Training
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Australia Day Awards
The sponsors’ night provided an opportunity for two South Burnett Regional Council Australia Day awards to finally be presented.
Council’s official awards night in January was cancelled due to the pandemic.
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At Wondai Sportsground
Wondai-Proston Wolves hosted a big day of rugby league at Wondai Sportsground on April 9.
Local fans will be hoping the Wolves will be able to repeat their pre-season form – three big wins! – when the South Burnett season kicks off this weekend.
So far this year, the Wolves have taken out the Mundubbera 9s carnival and scored a stunning 32-0 victory over the Across The Waves’ B Grade side in Kingaroy.
This time, playing before a home crowd, the Wondai team smashed 2021 grand finalists Murgon Mustangs 36-8 in a trial game played in thirds (ie. not halves or quarters).
Wondai try scorers were Tristan Parry (2), Brandon Hillier, Corey Ward, Kayleb Boston, Asofono Lemalu and Sonny Weazel. Alex Georgetown kicked three goals and Luke Hedges kicked one.
Murgon tries were scored by Karl Berlin and Elwyn Fewquandie.
This was definitely the highlight of the day for the large home crowd who also enjoyed a Round 7 Mal Meninga Cup game between the U18s Wide Bay Bulls and Ipswich Jets and the trials for the Wide Bay women’s squad.
The Jets overpowered the Bulls 46-6 despite support for Wide Bay from the Wondai crowd.
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South Burnett Eagles starred in the Wide Bay women’s trials with eight local players selected in the Wide Bay 47th Battalion squad.
The full squad is (SB Eagles in bold): Jayme Hickey, Tamika Olive, Abina Page, Liberty Coombes, Abbey Templeman, Genevieve Rainbow, Ebony Doherty, Loana Carver, Michelle Kosh, Lepa Vervuurt, Sophia Fisher, Rhylee Kennaway, Sarah Collins, Kayla Baldwin, Jillian Parsons, Michelle Alberts, Nikki Dempsey, Elle Mollenhauer, Elyse Williams, Phoebe Miller, Nikkia Douglas and Sophie Renae
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Selections for the Wide Bay Rangers’ men’s 47th Battalion side will be made after training runs at Murgon Sportsground from 9:30am on Sunday (April 24) and from 6:30pm on Wednesday (April 27).
The 47th Battalion Carnival will be played in Gladstone from April 29-May 1.