PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Roma and Bennett Lehmann from the South Burnett's best sporting club, Murgon Mustangs JRLFC as voted by you.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Roma and Bennett Lehmann from the South Burnett's best sporting club, Murgon Mustangs JRLFC as voted by you. Matt Collins

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: South Burnett's best sporting club

THE votes have been counted in the People's Choice Awards for best sporting club.

There were many worthy nominations covering sports of all kinds.

But like any awards ceremony, there has to be a winner.


The clear stand-out was Murgon Mustangs Junior Rugby League Football Club.

Club registrar Sheree Prendergast said she was proud of how far the club had come.

"The club is going really well," she said.

"We have pretty much gone from strength to strength."

Winning the People's Choice Awards for the region's best sporting club is just another feather in the cap for the Mustangs.

In 2017, they were named the NRL Grassroots Club of the Year in the NRL Community Awards.

These accomplishments are extra special considering how dire things were at the club only a handful of seasons ago.

"Things were pretty much down to the bone," Mrs Prendergast said.

Finances were so tight, in 2016 they almost didn't enter the competition.

It was only thanks to the big heart of sponsors, Royal Hotel in Murgon that the kids were able to take to the field.

"When we took over in 2015 it wasn't going so well," Mrs Prendergast said.

"We had to call on our new sponsor to pay the full year's insurance straight away."

As we roll into the 2019 season, things look bright for the Murgon junior club.

"We have a lot of proactive people doing good work behind the scenes," she said.

"It is the first time our under 16s have had a full compliment of players.

"And they are strong. They rolled Kingaroy 60-12 on the weekend."

Former Murgon junior and current North Queensland Cowboys star, Gavin Cooper is a proud ambassador for his junior club.

"We had a fundraising dinner with him and he really helped get the club back on board," Mrs Prendergast said.

"He gave us one of his 2015 grand final jerseys to raffle off."

The Queensland State of Origin representative always goes out of his way to encourage the future stars from his old club.

"He always sends a personal video message to teams in grand finals," Mrs Prendergast said.

"The coaches get the players to watch it before they go on the field."

Now that the club is on the front foot and looking to the future, they are putting their focus on improving the infrastructure at the club.

"We are in the process of putting in an extension for the dressing shed."

Murgon has been further acknowledged for their professionalism and will host the 47th Battalion representative games later in the year.

Including age groups from under 13s to under 20s in the boys and under 14s to 16s in the females.

Make sure to check out the follow up story when we reveal the South Burnett's top ten sporting clubs in the People's Choice Awards.