THE Merry Men had a not-so merry grand final at the South Burnett Sevens carnival at the weekend.

Thomas Carroll said the team, consisting of players who grew up playing together in the South Burnett, came together at the weekend.

"Apart from being a couple of degrees too hot, we had a fantastic weekend and enjoyed the last night even more, he said.

The Merry Men have been coming together for a weekend every year, reuniting for the South Burnett Sevens.

"We all played together at some stage with varying ages from 19-38," Carroll said.

"It's a bit of a tradition now we've had going for the last 14 years that we have been getting together."

The Merry Men went down to the Kawana Bananas 2-1 in the final minutes of the grand final match.

"It was a cracking goal to win the game for Kawana," he said.

Carroll said Kawana had always been the team to beat at the sevens carnival.

He also said Kawana had been competing at the carnival for 25 years.

He said the Merry Men expected to at least get to the quarter finals but took the competition a game at a time.

"We didn't concede our first goal until the semi-final and won that from behind," he said.

Carroll said there was no standout player; the carnival was a team effort.

"The boys get in and have a bit of fun," he said.

"It's the only chance to come together and play together again - catch up with people we haven't seen in 12 months and that's what it's all about."

After last year's wash out, Carroll was happy to see clear blue skies all weekend.

"We kept a very firm eye on the weather forecast to keep checking and see what's going on," he said.

"Delighted to see blues skies and very happy with the weekend overall."

Carroll said many of the travelling teams used the weekend as a bonding session.

Teams from Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Dalby, Chinchilla, Bundaberg and Brisbane came to compete at the weekend.

"It's the highlight of my calendar," he said.

The Sevens carnival is games made up of two 10-minute halves.

The comp was played at Tom Alford Oval in Kingaroy over Saturday and Sunday.

Gunners, Wests, Nanango and Barambah all fielded teams.

The South Burnett football season starts on March 12 when Kingaroy Gunners will host the West in Kingaroy and Nanango will host Barambah.

Kawana FC remains on top at sevens carnival

KAWANA Football Club came out on top once again at the South Burnett Seven's carnival.

They almost took the double win of the men's and women's competition.

Kawana coach Les Fleming said the team had won five out of the past six South Burnett carnivals.

"It's a bit of a bonding weekend for us more than anything," he said.

"We play in a better standard. We have 10 clubs down here on the Sunshine Coast."

Compared to just four in the South Burnett.

"It's a good start to the season to compete and the big sides made the semi-finals," he said.

Fleming said the Merry Men were a great team, although "Tom the captain probably isn't liking us at the moment".

Kawana's women's team the Ladyfingers just missed taking out the grand final and was defeated by the Dalby Tigers 1-0.

Fleming said the women played the two-day carnival with just eight players overall.

"It's such a big weekend, the players backed up on Sunday and it was pretty hot," he said.

It's such a hard competition to win.

He said the heat got to the girls after a long weekend.

"They had had enough, when we got to the grand final," Fleming said.

South Burnett

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