TOP EFFORT: Noah Tuckwell  and Ziggy Pidgeon were the best player award winners at the start of day two.
TOP EFFORT: Noah Tuckwell and Ziggy Pidgeon were the best player award winners at the start of day two. Gerard Walsh

Young Eagles pull their weight at carnival

RUGBY LEAGUE: It is all about learning new skills and improving their game for the South Burnett Eagles team competing at the zone five under-43kg carnival in Warwick this week.

The Eagles opened the carnival against McIntyre, going down by two points 14-12 against one of the strongest teams in the competition.

Wynnum are the frontrunners in the competition and defeated South Burnett 42-nil.

The Eagles scored their first win against Cunnamulla, winning 28-6.

The Western Downs proved too strong for the South Burnett to win the game 22-nil.

Eagles coach Robert Zelinski said the effort the players were showing on the field and the experience they were gaining was more important than the points on the scoreboard.

"They are learning to play together as a team and learning to back each other up,” he said.

The South Burnett side is made up of players from each club in the region.

The team's players came together to start preparing for the carnival seven weeks ago and are being challenged by teams who are playing together week in, week out.

"It is a good carnival for the kids that aren't so big and heavy, and they gain a lot of confidence out of it because they are all the same weight,” Zelinski said.

As well as improving their footy, the carnival is an opportunity for players to meet and befriend players from different clubs.

Teams went head to head in a fun-filled athletics carnival on Wednesday, with sprints deciding the fastest player and the tug of war determining the strongest team.

Twenty-eight games will be played at Father Ranger Oval this week and then City and Country teams will be selected for a game at 12.30pm on Friday.

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