TOP EFFORT: The South Burnett U35kg Eagles at their carnival.
TOP EFFORT: The South Burnett U35kg Eagles at their carnival. Contributed

Eagles impress after making 700km trip for footy carnival

THE future looks bright for South Burnett Rugby League after the region's up-and-coming players made their presence felt at the zone five under-35 kilogram carnival.

The week-long carnival in Cunnamulla was a new challenge for the young players but their solid performance on the field proved they were up to the task.

After five days of competition and eight modified games, the South Burnett Eagles finished in fourth place, an effort the boys' coach Nathan Prain said they should be proud of.

"They played great as a team, defended well. We were unlucky with a few close calls throughout the carnival but that's the way it goes,” Prain said.

"Defensively we were very good and the biggest score against us was 16 points.”

The Eagles' biggest defeat, 16 points to nil, was against Balonne Barwon who went on to win the overall carnival.

Prain said the boys wouldn't have had the opportunity to play at the carnival without the support of the team's sponsors Project Water McDonalds, Dunlop Santa Gertrudis and Swickers, who made it a lot more affordable for families who made the 700km trip out to Cunnamulla.

For many of the boys it was the first time they had to back up for their team each day and Prain said the young players handled themselves well.

"It was a good carnival to see how the South Burnett boys are coming along, and the future is bright,” Prain said.

Lewis Hopkins was voted as South Burnett's best back of the carnival, while Xavier Greenwood was named the team's best forward, and Jack Schulz was recognised as the most improved player on the side.

Each year the best players from East and West Queensland are selected to go head-to-head.

Patterson Braithwaite, Toby Cameron, Mitchell Prain and Alex Farmilo flew the flag for the South Burnett in a tight game, but the Eagles players got over the line as East defeated West in the dying minutes 24-20.

This week the U43kg players have their chance to represent the region with pride as they compete at their zone five carnival in Clifton.