Action from one of the Cherbourg v Wondai games at the Mundubbera 9s carnival (Photo: Gayndah Gladiators)

March 15, 2024

Cherbourg Hornets came out victorious at the recent Mundubbera 9s rugby league carnival.

The visitors downed the Gayndah Gladiators 26-11 last Saturday after leading 15-7 at half-time.

Also taking part in the round-robin carnival were the Wondai Wolves, Mundubbera Tigers, Monto Roos, Eidsvold Eagles and Calliope Roosters.

Wondai finished in fourth spot.

Hornets club president George Fisher told it had been a good start to the season, building on players’ recent performances at the Sunshine Coast Bunyas Carnival.

He said Cherbourg went through the Mundubbera 9s carnival undefeated, playing Wondai twice, Gayndah twice as well as Eidsvold and Calliope.

“Our first game against Gayndah was a lot closer than the final,” he said.

George said Cherbourg’s standout players at the carnival were Vincent Law, Darron Saltner-Bligh, John Blair, Keith Gadd Jnr, George Fisher Jnr and newcomer Rachine Doyle.

Doyle recently joined the Hornets after playing in the Capras 2023 Mal Meninga Cup squad.

The Wondai Wolves’ Open Women’s side also took part in an exhibition game against the Central Burnett Fillies.

A sprint competition was held at half-time during this game, which was won by Cherbourg player John Walsh.

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South Burnett Eagles in action at the recent Adrian Vowles Carnival in Charleville (Photo: Gidgee Adcock)

Several South Burnett junior teams took part recently in the Adrian Vowles Cup carnival at Charleville.

Eagles’ sides competed in the Under 14s Boys, Under 14s Girls and Under 16s Boys competitions on February 23-24.

The South Burnett U14s Girls team earned a spot in the Grand Final against Outback but suffered a narrow loss: 8-4.

Tiahna Dean was named U14 Girls Best Forward and several South Burnett players were picked for the carnival’s “dream team”: Tiahna Dean, Amber Rose Bumstead, Tiffany Williams and Emaleigh Huth.

Amber Rose Bumstead was also named “best and fairest” by the coaching staff.

Other results: U16 boys Redcliffe 8 def Valleys 4; U14 boys Souths Toowoomba 12 def Redcliffe 4; and U17 girls Highfields-Stanley River 8 def City/Country Mt Isa 4.

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An exhibition senior trial game between Blackbutt Timbertowners and Nanango Stags has been scheduled for 7:00pm next Friday (March 22) at Fred Kassulke Oval in Nanango.

Hamburgers will be available and the bar will be open.

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Players born in 2014-15 (U10) and 2012-13 (U12) have been invited to attend a skills and drills session at Murgon Sportsground on Sunday, March 24, from 4:00pm.

A second session will be held at T.J. O’Neill Oval in Kingaroy from 5:00pm on May 1.

The sessions will be tryouts to pick squads to take part in the Zone 5 U35kg and U43 carnivals later this year.


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