Under-18s Central Highlands score a try against South Burnett Eagles during the Central Division 47th Battalion Carnival in Murgon on Saturday.
Under-18s Central Highlands score a try against South Burnett Eagles during the Central Division 47th Battalion Carnival in Murgon on Saturday. Jessica McGrath

Murgon 'bush battlers' host best of best at 47th Battalion

THE talent of the state's up and coming rugby league players was showcased in Murgon at the central region's 47th Battalion carnival at the weekend.

Sixteen teams from across Queensland competed in the under 18s and under 20s divisions as players worked to impress talent scouts at the event.

Murgon Mustangs club member Scott Prendergast said 350 players and 50 referees and coaches travelled to the South Burnett to take to the field.

"It was a great opportunity to showcase the region and an opportunity to show bush battlers can put on quality events," Prendergast said.

The South Burnett Eagles were joined by 15 teams, including sides from the Sunshine Coast, Roma, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.

A team made up of players from inland towns such as Mt Isa and Blackall also took part after only training together for the first time on Friday.

"This is representative footy of a very high calibre," Prendergast said.

"It's played in the right spirit, there's been no incidents."

The young rugby league players were the best of the best from their regions.

"They played very hard, they are great games to watch," Prendergast said.

Players from the under 18s sides were called up for a representative team, based on their performance at Murgon.

"This is a huge opportunity in the central division to go to the next level in Queensland," Prendergast said.

The event also showcased the hard work of the Murgon Mustangs, who worked late nights to ensure the new dressing rooms were ready for the carnival.

"Our can do attitude ensured the dressing sheds were available to use," Prendergast said.

"A special thanks to AKR Builders, we're ecstatic with the way it's worked out," Prendergast said.

SOUTH BURNETT EAGLES RESULTS:

U20s: Defeated Queensland Outback 32-16; lost to Toowoomba Clydesdales 8-42; lost to Rockhampton Rustlers 16-20 (finals)

U18s: Defeated Gladstone Raiders 22-14; Defeated Central Highlands 28-22; lost to Rockhampton Rustlers 0-12 (finals)

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