WINNERS: Murgon Mustangs under-12 side took out their competition.
WINNERS: Murgon Mustangs under-12 side took out their competition. Contributed

Juniors excel at annual carnival

RUGBY LEAGUE: South Burnett teams travelled to Torbanlea to take part in the annual Jock Butterfield memorial day carnival.

The Murgon Mustangs under-12 side put in a strong performance to take out their age group.

Coach of the side, Andrew Roderick said it was a great effort by the side and the Kingaroy players who stepped up and pulled on a Mustangs jersey when the team were short on numbers.

"Early on we were short on numbers because we had boys at the Wide Bay football camp,” he said.

It was a day full of footy with the team playing five games as part of the regular fixture as well as a semi-final and grand final match.

The carnival was an opportunity for the teams to play while the South Burnett competition is on break for the school holidays.

"It's a great experience for the boys to play other teams from other areas,” Roderick said.

Wondai had an under-6, U8 and U10 teams compete and Kingaroy entered U10 and U12 teams. .

The annual carnival is held in memory of John "Jock” Butterfield who was a member of the New Zealand team of the century.

Butterfield, a hooker, played 99 games, including 36 Tests, for New Zealand between 1954 and 1963 before playing for Manly in the then New South Wales Rugby League competition. .

After his playing days ended, Butterfield, who moved to Howard in 1982, coached Leeton, Cloncurry and Mount Isa.

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