TOP STRIKE: Wests' Alex Firman practices his shooting before the South Burnett Football Sevens.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
TOP STRIKE: Wests' Alex Firman practices his shooting before the South Burnett Football Sevens.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Football Sevens pray the heavens stay dry

FOOTBALL players will have their eyes trained to the sky in the build-up to the South Burnett's largest competition - the Football South Burnett Football Sevens.

After the 2015 Football Sevens competition was washed out by heavy rain brought down by Cyclone Marcia, organiser Thomas Carroll is one of hundreds hoping for dry weather.

"We've got 24 men's teams registered, 11 women's teams and nine over-35 teams," Carroll said.

With the competition in its third decade of running, Carroll said the senior-only competition had grown in popularity as a result of many teams using it as crucial pre-season training.

"It's a form of pre-season bonding for players," he said.

"They use it as a weekend for the boys to get to know each other."

Due to its popularity, Carroll said registrations were filled by Christmas.

Not to miss out on the local tournament, Carroll said all South Burnett football teams would field both men's and women's teams.

The Gunners, Wests, Barambah and Nanango will play against teams from Roma, Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

Games are made up of two 10-minute halves.

The competition will kick off tomorrow at Kingaroy's Tom Alford Oval from 10am.

Finals kick off on Sunday from noon, with the women's and over-35 grand finals at 2.30pm and the men's grand final at 3pm.

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