Ju­niors play in­au­gu­ral Or­ange Fes­ti­val Shield

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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