UNDER LIGHTS: Kingaroy defend their line against Murgon Mustangs in the U12s.
UNDER LIGHTS: Kingaroy defend their line against Murgon Mustangs in the U12s. Claudia Williams

Junior league teams play under lights for first time

PLAYING under lights for the time proved to be an exciting challenge for Kingaroy and Murgon junior players.

Red Ants under-12 captain Cameron Tipple said executing plays from training was key to Kingaroy's 24-16 victory on Thursday, but there was still room for improvement.

"It was good, but we dropped the ball a lot because of the dew on the ground and because we haven't played at night before,” he said.

"Our defence and attack were pretty good but we can still improve both of them.”

Kingaroy coach Sonny Crumpton said the win was a confidence-boosting result for the home side.

"We defended better this week than we did last week, but we still had a few dropped balls and little mistakes we need to improve on,” Crumpton said.

"We have been working on cutting down our mistakes at training and they defended really well today, so that is probably why we got there in the end.

"This is the first time they have played under lights so they were all pretty excited and keen, and all really happy with the result.”

Despite their loss, Murgon coach Brett Pidgeon said his young side impressed by stepping up to the challenge.

In the U14s match, the Mustangs proved to have the winning edge and defeated the Red Ants 34-4.

The players have a two-week break and will then take to the field in Wondai's annual mini modified carnival before fixtures resume.

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