Murgon Mustangs club president Wayne Gscheidle and Sherry Sandow, from the Cherbourg Safe House, presented the “No Excuse For Domestic Abuse” Shield to Hornets’ captain Paddy Alberts

May 31, 2024

For the second year in a row, the Cherbourg Hornets have taken home the “There’s No Excuse For Domestic Abuse” shield at Murgon Mustangs’ big Domestic Violence Awareness round of games played on Saturday.

The annual A Grade game between the Hornets and Murgon Mustangs aims to cast a spotlight on domestic violence in the South Burnett.

It was accompanied by a full-day of junior games played across seven fields at Murgon Sportsground, ensuring a big turnout of youngsters who were also exposed to positive messages.

This year’s Domestic Violence Awareness round also included rep games by the U15s, U16s and U17s South Burnett Eagles and another A Grade game, between Kingaroy and Wondai.

The main game began with Murgon and Cherbourg players kneeling during a minute’s silence for the victims of domestic violence.

Murgon and Cherbourg players take a knee during a minute’s silence for the victims of domestic violence

Murgon Mustangs club president Wayne Gscheidle, centre, with Cr Heath Sander and Mayor Kathy Duff … the SBRC contributed $3000 towards the day

Players of the Match were named after the trophy presentation … John Blair (Cherbourg Hornets) and Darcy Ramsey (Murgon)
Cherbourg and Murgon players pose together after their tussle on field
Some of the big crowd who were enjoying a family day out at the footy at Murgon

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Fred Cobbo puts Cherbourg’s first points on the board just a few minutes after kick-off

It was a big day for the Murgon Mustangs club, but not so great a day on the field for their A Graders with Cherbourg running out winners 62-10 after leading 30-0 at half-time.

Cherbourg even rubbed salt into the wound in the first half by scoring while they had a player in the sin-bin for a lifting tackle.

Cherbourg tries were scored by Rahcine Doyle (3), Keith Gadd Jnr (2), Fred Cobbo, Daron Saltner-Bligh, Barry Tapau-Fewquandie, Vincent Law, Norman Wragge and Jonathan Walsh. Daron Saltner-Bligh kicked nine conversions.

Murgon try scorers were Lehman Brunjes and Bronson Aubrey.  Chris Bond kicked one conversion.

Daron Saltner-Bligh scores a try for Cherbourg … he also kicked nine conversions
Rahcine Doyle scores the first of his three tries for the Hornets
Bronson Aubrey scores a consolation try for the Mustangs right on full-time

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Toby Schmidt takes the pass to run away to score in the corner for the Kingaroy Red Ants

In the second A Grade game, played under lights, Kingaroy proved too strong for the Wondai Wolves, downing them 42-14 after leading 36-2 at half-time.

Wondai put the first points on the board, after Kingaroy gave away a penalty in front of the posts which Wolves’ kicker Torren Anderton easily despatched.

But Kingaroy responded within minutes with a try to Adam Nightingale followed in quick succession by another six four-pointers before half-time.

Two tries in the second half by Wondai made the scoreline more respectable.

The Wolves have a week off this round to lick their wounds.

Kingaroy tries were scored by Adam Nightingale, Ryan McDonald, Blake Augustine, Harry Sterling, Toby Schmidt, Cory Neal, Lachlan Price and Sata Tale. Harry Sterling kicked five conversions.

Wondai try scorers were Mesulame Suqe Verenasau and Conan Holding. Torren Anderton kicked two conversions and one penalty goal.

Cory Neal gets free to head towards the line to score
Lachlan Price grounds the ball over the line for Kingaroy despite desperate Wondai defence just before half-time

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Shamus Cobbo shakes off a Brothers’ tackle to score his third try for the Under 17 South Burnett Eagles

Shamus Cobbo, brother of Broncos’ star Selwyn, scored a hattrick of tries for the South Burnett Eagles in their Under 17s Toowoomba Junior Rugby League game, played before the A Grade double-header at Murgon.

The Eagles defeated Toowoomba Brothers 36-10 after leading 18-0 at half-time.

South Burnett try scorers were Shamus Cobbo (3), Tito Bligh (2), Charlie Sippel and Harrison Braithwaite. Jack Webber (2), Liam Irwin and Tito Bligh were the goal kickers

Charlie Sippel runs away to score in the corner for the South Burnett Eagles

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Other Results

  • Under 14s – Cherbourg 30 def. Murgon 22 at Murgon
  • Under 14s – Kingaroy 52 def. Wondai 0 at Murgon
  • Under 14s – Chinchilla 28 def. Nanango 0 at Chinchilla
  • Under 15s – South Burnett Eagles 44 def. Across The Waves 10 at Murgon
    South Burnett try scorers: Darcy Williamson (2), Coby Murnane, Trent Sellin, Jaydarein Davidson-Prior, Corey Campbell, Lewis Hopkins, Eli O’Brien and Cooper Olsen. Lewis Hopkins kicked four conversions
  • Under 16s – Across The Waves 34 def. South Burnett Eagles 10 at Murgon
    South Burnett try scorers: Will Webber and Zac Harris. Lawson Braithwaite kicked one conversion
  • Women’s Open – Wondai 26 def. Bundaberg 6 at Mundubbera
    Wondai try scorers: Sophia Fisher (3), Brittany Holding and Taylah Hancock. Elle Mollenhauer kicked three conversions
  • Women’s Open – Fraser Coast 28 def. Cherbourg 20 at Maryborough
    Cherbourg try scorers included Taylor Chambers, Jacintha Geia and Erica Duncan. Belita Gadd kicked two conversions

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This Weekend’s Games


At Cherbourg

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


At Cherbourg

Junior games for Under 6s through to Under 12s from 8:00am.

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

At Chinchilla

  • 10:00am – Under 14s – Chinchilla v Wondai

At Toowoomba

  • Under 17s – South Burnett Eagles v Valleys Roosters


At Bundaberg

  • Under 15s – South Burnett Eagles v Maryborough Brothers
  • Under 16s – South Burnett Eagles v Maryborough Brothers
  • Open Women – Cherbourg v Wondai


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