Teams ready for big test at footy carnival
RUGBY LEAGUE: Hundreds of junior players from across Queensland are in Kingaroy this week at the home of the Red Ants for the zone five under-35 kilogram carnival.
Volunteers for the Murgon Mustangs and Red Ants have joined forces to ensure that South Burnett's first time hosting the carnival is a big success.
Jason Webber is the coach of the South Burnett boys team and believes the boys will put in a stellar performance in front of their home crowd.
"We have got a great little team of great kids and we are really excited to see how we go against the other teams,” he said.
The team won their first game against Roma 30 points to 26 and Webber is excited to see how the team stack up all week.
"We had a couple of trial games and we faired very well and what we have seen from the last few years we should be on par with a lot of teams,” he said.
Carl Braithwaite is the manager of the South Burnett team and has played a key role in organising the event.
"It is for the kids to have a great bit of fun,” he said.
"We get a big kick out of it and I hope kids get a massive kick out of it too and that is why we do it.
"Hopefully everyone goes home happy and injury free and has a good time.”
The carnival kicked-off on Sunday with the all important weigh-in before the carnival was officially opened and players competed in the traditional athletics carnival for the kids to get to know each other and have fun before the footy got under way.
The teams will play eight games with the first games of the day at 9am through to the last game at 3pm.
Friday will mark the final day of the carnival and based on their performance throughout the week players will be chosen for an east and west team with the two teams battling it out in a feature game to close the week of footy.
Braithwaite is thankful for the support of the community and the major sponsors of the carnival, McDonald's Kingaroy.