FOOTBALL TOUR: South Burnett Under 12 Belgium team uniting for a team shot at the carnival in Hervey Bay.
FOOTBALL TOUR: South Burnett Under 12 Belgium team uniting for a team shot at the carnival in Hervey Bay. Football South Burnett

Football South Burnett kicking goals at annual carnival

FOOTBALL South Burnett treasurer Danielle Maudsley said she had already booked teams into next year's Joey's Mini World Cup carnival after a successful week in Hervey Bay.

Seven South Burnett teams travelled up to the Fraser Coast for the annual week long tournament representing the local region.

This year the carnival had the largest amount of teams who entered in the event, which was the reason behind why they got in early to secure spots for the 2020 cup.

Mrs Maudsley said after receiving a large amount of positive feedback about their cohort, she was proud of their large squad they took up the coast.

South Burnett Under 12 Brazil team celebrating a successful carnival.
The South Burnett Under 12 Brazil team celebrating after a successful carnival. Football South Burnett

"The carnival went really well,” Mrs Maudsley said.

"All of the players definitely showed their great sportsmanship and we had some teams make it to the finals.

"For a lot of the kids it was their first time at a larger football carnival.

"Hopefully the exposure and the experience will keep them motivated for next year,” she said.

Amongst the 110 players representing Football South Burnett, a handful of them had another important role at the tournament.

"We had five players who refereed at the carnival including Thomas Carroll, Darcy Brady, Lachlan Montgomery, Sitha Mead and my son, Ryan Maudsley.

"Thomas refereed the Under 18 grand final and Ryan refereed a game against the visiting Under 16 side from Germany versus Toowoomba Grammar.

South Burnett player Ryan Maudsley winning the ball against his opponent at the carnival.
South Burnett player Ryan Maudsley trying to out run his opponent at the carnival. Football South Burnett

"Darcy, Lachlan and Sitha regularly referee our games here in the South Burnett and do a fantastic job each weekend.

"They all learned a lot through out the carnival and they will bring back their newly acquired knowledge to our season next year.

Mrs Maudsley said one of her favourites things about travelling with such a big group was witnessing the friendships formed in the teams.

"We saw a lot of positive interactions on the tour.

"For example in the Under 12 division the teams two teams bonded really well together.

"The mateship amongst them was wonderful to see.

"They had a ball and even on their days off they went to the beach together,” she said.

With places in the annual cup already secured for next year, Mrs Maudsley said it was an exciting time for the South Burnett and looked forward to the 2020 season of football in the region.