7-A-SIDE: Carnival Coordinator, Mick North said the tournament is the 'biggest and the best in country Queensland.'
7-A-SIDE: Carnival Coordinator, Mick North said the tournament is the 'biggest and the best in country Queensland.' Matt Collins

Sporting tournament attracts hundreds of players

SOCCER: Kingaroy Soccer Club's pre-season competition is expecting big numbers this weekend.

According to former Kingaroy president and carnival coordinator, Mick North, the competition is the biggest and best in all of country Queensland.

"We have teams coming from as far away as the Gold Coast,” he said.

The 7-a-side pre-season competition started 35 years ago and it is an opportunity for the teams to get their minds and their bodies ready for the season ahead.

"It is a way of getting them fired up a month before the season proper,” North said.

"Regretfully sometimes the players show up and they still have the Christmas pud hanging on.”

The respected pre-season competition has attracted 40 teams to this year's two-day soccer carnival.

Teams will compete in the open men's, open women's and men's over 35s divisions.

"Some of the teams have been playing in the tournament for 25 years,” North said.

"The Kawana teams have been playing for close to 30 years.

The teams will all be eyeing off the prize money for the finalists.

The men's winners receive $500 and the female's take home $300.

But in the men's over 35s competition, the stakes are even higher than money.

"They play off for a carton of beer which they must share with the losing finalists,” North said.

The 7-a-side tournament will commence this Saturday, February 23 with first games kicking off at 10am.

Sunday's games start at 8am with the grand final in the woman's and over 35's at 2.30pm.

The men's final will start at 3pm on Sunday followed by presentations at 3.30pm.

South Burnett teams include four teams from Barambah and six from home side, Kingaroy.

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