Eagles soar at home to claim carnival honours
RUGBY LEAGUE: The South Burnett Eagles scored the winner's trophy from the zone-five under-35kg carnival on Friday.
The home team performed all week to win seven of their eight games to finish in joint first place alongside Wynnum and Central Downs.
It is the first time since 2003 that three teams have finished in equal first.
Going into the carnival, the boys had finished on top in their trial games and coach Jason Webber expected the Eagles to challenge their opposition.
Webber said the boys exceeded expectations with their efforts on the field from their first game on Monday morning through to their final game on Thursday afternoon.
"I was hoping we would get there and to actually finish tied with them - I am very happy,” Webber said.
In addition to the team's success, Zach Harris was named player of the carnival alongside Daniel Cash from Wynnum and Lawson Braithwaite earned best back of the carnival.
Will Webber was named as best back for the Eagles, Archie Pointon was awarded most improved and Riley Gale earned best forward.
Zach Harris, Riley Gale and Lawson Braithwaite were selected to play in the East team who took on the best from the West in a feature game to close the carnival.
The East team was triumphant 18 points to 12, with Zach scoring a try and Lawson slotting a conversion to secure victory.
The Eagles opened their campaign on Monday against Roma and Districts, winning the game 30 points to 26.
The South Burnett boys faced McIntyre in their second game and won the game 42-16.
The Eagles scored a 16-6 win over Balonne Barwon in their first game on Tuesday and went on to defeat the Western Downs 30-16.
The Eagles' sole loss of the week was against the Central Downs 30 points to 18.
In their second game on Wednesday the Eagles defeated Cunnamulla 36 points to six.
On Thursday the Eagles defeated Charleville 32 points to six.
The Eagles faced their biggest challenge in their final game, coming up against two-time defending champions Wynnum.
The Eagles won the game 24 points to 12, to be the only team to defeat Wynnum at the carnival.
"It was a real credit to the boys,” Webber said.
"I was really happy to beat one of the heavyweights, they have been so strong for so many years.”
The South Burnett players were introduced to ice baths during the carnival and learned the importance of recovery, which Webber believed helped them in their final game.