FLASHBACK: Visitors in action at a previous Mini Mod Carnival at Wondai Sportsground
Mini Mods attracts the stars of the future! Future Broncos’ star Selwyn Cobbo at the 2013 carnival

July 21, 2023

It’s going to get a little bit crazy at Wondai Sportsground on Saturday when the massive Wondai Mini Mods Carnival hits town again.

The annual celebration of junior rugby league is always lots of fun, but also requires weeks of preparation by the hosts, Wondai Wolves.

This year there will be hundreds young players from 22 clubs – 85 teams in all! – coming from across the South Burnett, Wide Bay and south-east Queensland.

The youngsters will also be accompanied by team staff as well as their supporters, creating a great atmosphere at the ground.

Under 6s through to Under 12s will be playing round robin games across nine fields.

All up, more than 200 Mini-Mod games have been scheduled!

First games kick off at 7:00am with the latest games starting about 5:00pm.

Presentations will be made to each player when their age group’s round of games is completed.

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Hostplus Cup

Wondai Wolves were the proud hosts of a Round 18 game from the QRL’s Hostplus Cup last Saturday at Wondai.

This is Queensland’s premier rugby league competition which features upcoming, current and some former NRL players.

Every year, the QRL “goes bush” with its Country Week round and games are played in regional centres across the State.

This year it was Wondai’s turn, hosting rivals Norths Devils and Wynnum-Manly Seagulls.

In the end, Devils held off a  strong Wynnum comeback in the second half to win 44-32 after leading 20-12 at half-time.

Norths’ tries were scored by Manase Kaho, Jonathon Reuben, Connor Broadhurst, Zachery McMinn, Sam Elliott, Liam Horne and Jonathon Reuben.

Seagulls’ try scorers were Kyle Foxwell (2), Darius Farmer, Oliver Pascoe and Joshua Stuckey.

The crowd enjoyed a professional display of goal kicking with Norths’ Bryce Donovan kicking seven from seven conversions plus a penalty.

His Wynnum counterpart, Josh Rogers, kicked five from five, plus a penalty.

Connor Broadhurst scores in the corner for Norths Devils
Kyle Foxwell ducks and weaves for the first of his two tries for Wynnum-Manly
Foxwell dives between the posts to score back-to-back tries for the Seagulls
Part of the Seagulls’ second-half comeback … Joshua Stuckey forces his way to the line to score, briefly putting Wynnum-Manly into the lead 30-26

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Other Results

Action from the U15s South Burnett Eagles v Souths Magpies game (Photo: Past Tense Photography)

At Wondai:

  • Under 15s – South Burnett Eagles 24 def. Souths Tigers 22
  • Under 16s – South Burnett Eagles drew 14-all with Souths Tigers

At Bundaberg:

  • Under 18s – Past Brothers 32 def. South Burnett Eagles 6
Blake Dynevor pivots to go over the line backwards to score his second try for the day for the Eagles in Under 16s

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Women’s Rugby League

Congratulations to the Wondai She-Wolves! Both the U16s and the A Grade teams are the official Wide Bay Female Competition minor premiers.

The Under 16s will play their Grand Final at Wondai on August 26.

In the A Grade, the Wolves have earned a spot in the Major Semi-Final despite having two rounds left in the competition.

The Major Semi-Final is scheduled to be played at Wondai on August 12.

Unfortunately, last week’s scheduled A Grade game between Wondai and Cherbourg did not go ahead after a Hornets’ forfeit.

This week, Wondai will face Bundaberg while Cherbourg is scheduled to play Fraser Coast in away games.

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This Week’s Games

There are no SBRL A Grade games scheduled this weekend due to “all hands on deck” for the huge Mini Mods Carnival at Wondai.

At Hervey Bay on Saturday:

  • Under 18s – South Burnett Eagles v Hervey Bay Seagulls

In Nanango on Sunday:

  • 11:30am – Under 14s – Nanango v Cherbourg
  • 12:30pm – Under 15s – South Burnett Eagles v Valleys Roosters
  • 1:45pm – Under 16s – South Burnett Eagles v Pittsworth Danes



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