July 8, 2022
Nanango Stags left Murgon shellshocked during the first 10 minutes of their A Grade rugby league clash at T.J. O’Neill Oval in Kingaroy last Saturday, racking up two quick tries in super-quick time.
The Mustangs, who were missing key players, simply couldn’t recover from the early Stags’ onslaught.
Both sides had trouble holding on to the ball in the slippery conditions, but Nanango dominated early possession and the scoreboard.
The Stags were ahead 28-0 at half-time in the top-of-the-table contest.
The second half, played under lights, was more even with Murgon able to score first and then notch up three more converted tries.
However the Mustangs could not make up their first-half deficit, eventually going down 44-24.
Nanango tries were scored by Jakeb Mead (2), Drew Jackson (2), Joe Smith, Matthew Early, Blake Harvey and Richard Ryan. Mead kicked six goals.
Murgon try scorers were Jared Sippel (2), Louis Crawford and Glen Fisher. Daron Saltner-Bligh kicked three conversions and Fisher one.
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The second A Grade game at T.J. O’Neill Oval was a dour struggle between Kingaroy and the Wondai Wolves.
The small home crowd which turned up in the wintry conditions was rewarded with a win after a tight game.
The Red Ants led 10-6 at half-time but the Wolves found new life after the break.
A Sonny Weazel try with 26 minutes left on the clock evened the scores at 14-all, with the Luke Hedges’ conversion putting the Wolves a whisker ahead.
But the Red Ants brought home two more tries before full-time, stretching the final score out to 24-16.
Kingaroy tries were scored by Mason Trappe (2), Jasper Millar, Harry Sterling and Connor Sullivan. Sterling kicked two goals.
Wondai try scorers were Sonny Weazel (2) and Malik Saltner. Weazel and Luke Hedges kicked one goal apiece.
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- At Maryborough, the South Burnett Eagles U18s scored a narrow 12-10 win against the Hervey Bay Seagulls.
South Burnett try scorers were Christian Simpson, Jeremy Webb and Lachlan Zelinski.
- At Mundubbera, Central Burnett Fillies Open women’s team defeated Fraser Coast Crushers 22-10, with many South Burnett Eagles donning Fillies’ jumpers.
Try scorers were Traevonnah Fisher, Alira Gyemore, Brittany Holding and Sophie Zipf. Zipf kicked two goals and Fisher one.
- At Boyne Island on Sunday, South Burnett Eagles U14s Girls demolished Tannum Sands 40-4.
South Burnett try scorers were Summer Sullivan (3), Bella Barrett (2), Ruby Law, Jayla Solomon and Madison Holding. Sullivan and Law kicked two goals each.
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Junior players from across the South Burnett have been taking part this week in the Zone 5 Under 35kg carnival at Miles and the Under 43kg carnival at Cunnamulla.
The South Burnett Eagles went through the U35kg carnival undefeated and also took out the athletics carnival.
In U43kg, the South Burnett Eagles made it through to final but were defeated by Central Downs, who had only two tries scored against them all week.
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This Week’s Games
Wondai Wolves will be holding their annual “Old Boys Day” at Wondai Sportsground this Saturday, with former players returning for the celebration.
The last home games for the South Burnett female teams will also be played.
- 10:30am – Under 17s Girls – South Burnett v Bundaberg
- 11:30am – Under 14s Girls – Fraser Coast v Tannum Sands
- 12:30pm – Open Women – Central Burnett v Bundaberg
- 1:50pm – A Grade Men – Kingaroy v Murgon
- 3:30pm – A Grade Men – Wondai v Cherbourg
- Under 14s Girls – South Burnett v Bundaberg – Bundaberg forfeit
- Open Woman – South Burnett v Fraser Coast – Fraser Coast forfeit
NB. The Wondai Mini-Mods Carnival will be played on July 16.