South Burnett players honoured in team of the century
RUGBY LEAGUE: Nine South Burnett rugby league legends have been recognised for their brilliance in the game from a young age.
The players were named in the Wide Bay rugby league school sport team of the century for under 10-12 years-olds from 1919-2019.
Murgon's Steve Renouf was named at number three for Wide Bay and was also honoured by being named in the Queensland school sport team of the century.
After representing Wide Bay Renouf went on to reach great heights including four premierships from 11 seasons with the Brisbane Broncos from the club's inception in 1988 until 199 when he moved to England to play two seasons with the Wigan Warriors before retiring.
Current North Queensland Cowboys player, and former Murgon Mustangs junior, Gavin Cooper was named in the side alongside his brother, Dustin.
Gavin is playing his ninth consecutive season for the Cowboys this season at second row after stints with the Titans and Panthers in the NRL.
While Dustin retired from the NRL in 2008 after seasons with the Sharks, Knights and Storm.
Murgon players were well represented in the side with Leo Dynevour also featured.
Kingaroy-born Chris Sandow, who went on to play for the Rabbitohs and Eels, and Nick Parfitt, who played for the Brisbane Broncos from 2002-2004 also featured in the team of the century.
The Wide Bay side featured all-round star Barrick Barnes who debued for the Brisbane Broncos at 18-years-old and played nine games before switching gears and playing for the Queensland Reds.
Former West Tigers star and Kingaroy Red Ants junior Matt Ballin was named at number nine.
Former Tongan international rugby league footballer and Manly Sea Eagle player Esikeli Tonga was named at number 13 in the Wide Bay side.