Players set for action-packed Midi Mod Carnival
FOR more than 10 years, aspiring rugby league players from across the state have had the chance to enjoy the game they love and test their form against different teams at Wondai's Mini Mod Carnival.
The tradition continues this weekend, as 57 teams, from under-6s to U12s make their way to the South Burnett to take up the challenge.
Staging the event is a massive operation for the Wondai Wolves, as it involves footy action across eight fields, and tries being scored and whistles blown for more than eight hours.
Players from Wondai, Cherbourg, Murgon, Kingaroy, Nanango and Central Burnett will do battle at the carnival against teams from Gympie, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Burrum Heads.
Wondai Wolves president Dudley Dobson said the carnival was always a highlight on the calendar for the club, and it also provided a boost for the town.
"It gives a lot of kids a chance to play other teams outside the area,” Dobson said.
"The players always look forward to the Mini Mod.”
The carnival doesn't just benefit the players, but also gives the region's referees more experience with the whistle.
"Up-and-coming referees get a good learning experience and more experienced referees can guide them through the day,” Dobson said.
Saturday's rugby league action will run from 8.30am through to 5pm when the best U12 teams will fight for the win in the final.
"It is a family-orientated day and everyone is welcome to come down, it is a good event,” Dobson said.