PHOTOS: Mustangs take carnival win in Hervey Bay
THE Murgon Mustangs under-12s rugby league team returned victorious from the Gary Horne Memorial Carnival on the Fraser Coast, and one of their own was named player of the carnival.
Coach Brett Pidgeon said he was extremely proud and pleased with their performance.
"After four 20-minute games, Murgon was in a three-way tie for first with Roos Blue from Maryborough, and Hervey Bay Black. "All on six points - two wins and two draws,” he said.
"After a countback, Murgon were through to the grand final, and came away convincing winners on 16-4.”
Pidgeon said it all came as a bit of a surprise for the side.
"We had four handy players unavailable due to injuries and other commitments,” he said.
"I told the players they would all have to lift in the final if they wanted to take home the trophy.
"And, they did. They all played their best game of the season.”
Pidgeon said they had a great day at the carnival.
"In all the games I got to watch there wasn't one penalty for a high tackle or any dirty play,” he said.
"The games were played in a good spirit.
"It's really good to see the kids out there just playing football. Well done to all involved.”
Dustin Ramke was named player of the carnival.
He made 47 tackles and 26 hit ups in the 100 minutes of league he played.
"An unbelievable effort,” Pidgeon said.
South Burnett teams made their presence felt at the carnival, with the Kingaroy Red Ants and Nanango Stags also featuring in the two-day carnival.