Juniors play inaugural Orange Festival Shield
JUNIOR rugby league has had its first taste of Orange Festival football.
The Central Burnett Brumbies junior teams took on Cherbourg teams for the inaugural Orange Festival Shield on Sunday.
The Orange Festival Shield will be held every year between the Central Burnett Brumbies and the Cherbourg Hornets.
Every second year the competition will be held in Gayndah for the festival as a lead up to the traditional State of Oranges seniors game.
The Orange Festival Shield for each team has been sponsored by the Cherbourg Shire Council.
Made by the Cherbourg Joinery, the trophies are made of bunya pine, which has a cultural significance for the traditional land owners the Wakka Wakka.
The trophies are engraved by Gumnut, an Endeavour foundation enterprise working out of Cherbourg.
The first ever Orange Festival Shield games were played on Sunday in front of a growing crowd.
The under-16 Brumbies were victorious, taking home the shield after a solid performance against the away team.
The game was closer than the scoreline suggested but the Brumbies were deserving winners,
The final score was 38-16, with four tries to Tom Jameson and one try each for Aaron Graham, Ciaran Dougherty and Tyler West.
Ben Kenny scored five conversions.
The under-14 Brumbies won a nail biting game 34-32.
Made by Cherbourg Joinery, the trophies are made of bunya pine, which has cultural significance for the traditional land owners the Wakka Wakka.
Central Burnett Brumbies and Wide Bay representative player Dawson Cross was outstanding and scored five tries as well as kicking one conversion.
Tyler Purcell and MJ Havili each scored a try.
Kedron Pointon and Mac Kenny each had a conversion.
The under-12 Cherbourg team proved too good for the Brumbies in their match-up.
The Central Burnett boys put in an honest performance but came up short against an athletic opposition.
Cherbourg won 22-0.