Matthew Kunde in 2017.
Matthew Kunde in 2017. Alistair Brightman

Junior players to play in carnival this weekend

RUGBY LEAGUE: There is no junior rugby league in the South Burnett this week but juniors from Kingaroy, Wondai and Murgon will take to the field in Torbanlea for the Jock Butterfield memorial day junior carnival.

John "Jock” Butterfield was a member of the New Zealand Rugby League Team of the Century.

Butterfield, a hooker, played 99 games, including 36 Tests, for New Zealand between 1954 and 1963.

In 1964 he moved to Australia and played nine games for Manly in the then New South Wales Rugby League competition.

After his playing days ended, Butterfield, who moved to Howard in 1982, coached Leeton, Cloncurry and Mount Isa.

Wondai have entered one under-6, U8 and U10 team in the carnival.

Kingaroy will have two teams playing, one in U10s and one in U12s.

This year Murgon are only taking there U12 team due to players not being available during the school holidays.

President of the Murgon Mustangs, Jamian Currin said it is a great opportunity for the players.

"It is good to get the kids a game and keep them playing,” he said.

The U12 Murgon side were undefeated last year but because two of their games ended in draws they didn't make the grand final.

The team will be looking to improve on last years performance this weekend.

The South Burnett junior rugby league competition will return on April 21, after the school holidays.