Nanango Stags’ Drew Jackson makes a barging run towards the line … Drew spent 2023 wearing Hornets’ colours after the Stags didn’t field an A Grade team

May 3, 2024

Round 1 of the South Burnett Rugby League’s A Grade competition saw a triumphant Nanango Stags back on the paddock for 2024.

The club couldn’t muster enough players to field an A Grade team in last year’s competition, but returned this year with a roar.

Playing under lights at Kingaroy’s T.J. O’Neill Oval, the Stags took down last year’s grand finalists Cherbourg in a grinding second half display after the Hornets led 6-0 at half-time.

Returning to the limelight were Stags’ veterans Drew Jackson, Patrick Gentry and Lachlin Smith who all scored tries after the break.

Nanango will be hosting this weekend’s junior and senior games at Fred Kassulke Oval (see This Weekend’s Games, below)

The Cherbourg / Nanango clash was the second A Grade game played at Kingaroy last Saturday.

Earlier in the day, last year’s premiers Kingaroy overwhelmed the Wondai Wolves in a second-half comeback, much to the delight of the home crowd.

Wondai opened the scoring and led 20-12 at half-time, but Kingaroy came back with a vengeance after the break, piling on three tries in 10 minutes to take the lead.

A converted try by Matthew Stumer put the Wolves within two points but the Red Ants weren’t finished with two more tries to come, including a try right on the full-time siren by Lachlan Price.

  • Nanango Stags 18 def. Cherbourg Hornets 6 after Cherbourg led 6-0 at half-time. 

Nanango try scorers: Drew Jackson, Patrick Gentry and Lachlin Smith. Jayden Tewes-Smallwood kicked three goals.

Cherbourg try scorer: Kane Macdonald. Daron Saltner-Bligh kicked the conversion.

  • Kingaroy Red Ants 40 def. Wondai Wolves 26 after being behind 20-12 at half-time

Kingaroy try scorers: Killian Klease (3), Lachlan Price (2), Harry Sterling and Iona Varomusu. Sterling kicked six goals.

Wondai try scorers: Corey Ward (3) and Matthew Stumer. Torren Anderton kicked four conversions and a penalty goal.

Round 1 of the Senior Competition was dubbed the “Anzac Round” … players stood silent as the Last Post sounded at the start of Kingaroy / Wondai game, and again for a minute’s silence at the start of the Nanango / Cherbourg clash
Wondai’s defence kept Kingaroy in check for most of the first 40 minutes
Killian Klease breaks away from a tackle to put the Red Ants’ first points on the board
Harry Sterling scored in the corner for Kingaroy just before half-time … Sterling also kicked six conversions
Nanango Stags couldn’t get away from the Hornets’ defence in the first half
So close … Nanango is pulled up just short of the line in the first half

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Under 14s

Action from the Round 2 Under 14s game between Murgon Mustangs and Chinchilla Bulldogs
  • Chinchilla Bulldogs 28 def. Murgon Mustangs 16

Murgon try scorers: Dante Douglas (2) and Jayden Arndell. Arndell kicked two goals.

Chinchilla try scorers: James Greer (3), Ethan Underwood and Jake Sorensen. Sorensen kicked four goals.

  • Cherbourg Hornets 34 def. Nanango Stags 0
  • Kingaroy Red Ants 50 def. Wondai Wolves 0 

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Under 16s

  • Western Suburbs Panthers 26 def. South Burnett Eagles 18 at Bundaberg (BJRL)

South Burnett try scorers:  Will Webber, Ryan Wallace and Kaiden Weston. Zachary Harris kicked three goals.

Wests try scorers: Darius Freeman (3), Kyjuan Tanna and Isaac Williams. Levi Brough kicked three goals.

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Under 17s

South Burnett’s Casey Jones scores in the corner just before half-time against Highfields
  • South Burnett Eagles 34 def. Highfields Eagles 20 after leading 14-8 at half-time at Kingaroy (TJRL) 

South Burnett try scorers: Harrison Braithwaite (2), Will Webber (2), Liam Irwin, Casey Jones and Thomas Larsen.  Goals were kicked by Irwin (2) and Braithwaite.

Highfields try scorers: Riley Zanette (2), Jack Gordon and Shaun Elara. Goals were kicked by Tyson Woods (2).

Thomas Larsen takes South Burnett’s lead to 28-14 with 13 minutes left … South Burnett scored once more before the siren when Harrison Braithwaite took off to record a runaway try

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Under 17s Girls

  • Cherbourg  / Fraser Coast drew 16-all with Bundaberg  (WBFC)

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Open Women

  • Wondai 42 def. Bundaberg 4 at Eidsvold (WBFC)

Wondai try scorers included: Traevonnah Fisher (2), McKenzie Brazendale, Nickie Geysing, Violet Black, Lauren Coutts and Elle Mollenhauer. Goals were kicked by Fisher (2), Mollenhauer (2) and Coutts.

Bundaberg try scorer: Zoe Smart

  • Cherbourg 22 def. Fraser Coast at Cherbourg on Sunday (WBFC)

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This Weekend’s Games

Friday at Nanango

  • 5:30pm – Under 14s – Kingaroy v Murgon
  • 6:30pm – Under 14s – Nanango v Wondai

Saturday at Nanango

Junior games from 8:00am

  • 2:45pm – A Grade – Murgon v Wondai
  • 4:30pm – A Grade – Nanango v Kingaroy

NB. Under 16s – South Burnett Eagles – bye

Saturday at Chinchilla

  • Under 14s – Cherbourg v Chinchilla

Saturday at Dalby

  • Under 17s – South Burnett Eagles v Dalby Devils (TJRL)

Sunday at Maryborough

  • Under 17s Girls – Cherbourg v Fraser Coast (WBFC)
  • Open Women – Cherbourg v Wondai at Maryborough (WBFC)


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