READY TO DEFEND: The South Burnett U35g team at the zone five carnival last year in Kingaroy.
READY TO DEFEND: The South Burnett U35g team at the zone five carnival last year in Kingaroy. Claudia Williams

Eagles prepared to soar at upcoming carnivals

SOUTH Burnett's aspiring rugby league players are ready to take on their rivals at the annual under-35kg and U43kg zone five carnivals.

This weekend the U35kg team will make the eight-and-a-half hour journey west to Cunnamulla as defending champions.

With four training sessions and a win in a trial game against Western Downs under their belt, team manager Carl Braithwaite said the team members were eager to get started and see what they were capable of.

"They are a good little side and should be competitive but there are always new kids coming through, so you never know what to expect,” he said.

The following week, the U43kg South Burnett side will compete in the carnival at Clifton.

The team suffered a narrow loss in its trial game against Western Downs but Braithwaite said it should be competitive despite this.

"I'm hoping they will be fairly competitive. Other teams have a larger player base to choose from but we have some special players in the side,” he said.

"There are a number of kids who played in the U43s last year who are back again and they will be better for the experience.”

Braithwaite said the teams were thankful for the support from Project Water, Dunlop, Santa Gertrudis, Swickers, and McDonald's Kingaroy.

"The community gets behind it and we are really grateful because they do a great job of reducing the cost for the kids,” he said.