HUGE HIT: The South Burnett NRL Development Cup was a hit at Taabinga State School on Friday, May 12.
HUGE HIT: The South Burnett NRL Development Cup was a hit at Taabinga State School on Friday, May 12. Contributed

Murgon, Kingaroy in gala final thriller

Rugby League: Murgon State School has dethroned Nanango State School to take out the Steve Renouf Development Cup at the South Burnett rugby league and netball gala.

Last year's South Burnett champions Nanango were unable to repeat their efforts this time around, and instead it was Murgon and Kingaroy State School left standing to vie for the South Burnett crown.

In a thrilling grand final, the two sides drew 22-all with Murgon named champions courtesy of the first try-scorer rule.

The 10-12 years competition is aligned with the Queensland Rugby League School Sport program, and offers primary schools across the state the chance to compete against each other for the chance to eventually be crowned state champions.

South Burnett Rugby League development co-ordinator Mitchell Sargent thanks Taabinga State School staff and students for making their second gala day such a success.

"It was pleasing to see so many students participate in our annual Steve Renouf Development Cup,” Sargent said.

"It's been running for a number of years now, but the past two years particularly it's grown from strength to strength with Taabinga State School hosting and all the staff getting on board.”

Sargent said Murgon would now play the winner of the Gympie competition - their first of a potential four further rounds on their path to a state final showdown at Suncorp Stadium on Intrust Super Cup grand final day.

"If (Murgon) beat Gympie they'll become the Wide Bay champion and play teams from Darling Downs, North Queensland, etcetera,” he said.

The high level of competition on show proved Sargent's efforts in visiting schools and facilitating development programs in the South Burnett was paying off.

"It was good footy. It was pleasing to see not just all the boys but some girls competing too. Each year the number of participants grows which is great for our local competition,” Sargent said.

"It's nice to see my hard work in school is starting to pay off.”