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Easter Saturday saw the Central Crows Cyril Connell (CC) and Mal Meninga (MM) teams come up against their Northern Pride counterparts at TJ O’Neill Oval in Kingaroy. 

With the school holidays in their first week, the Easter long weekend upon us, the monthly markets at Nanango and overcast conditions; it was good to see a crowd of about 200 show their support for rugby league in the Burnett Region.

It also represented a home game for three of the Cyril Connell Burnett players – Dawson Cross, Kirby Rubesaame and Logan Bayliss-Brow (all pictured).

The Pride were off to a flying start in the Cyril Connell U16 game, leading 8–0 after 10 minutes. 

However, the Crows came back and left the field at half time trailing by four with the score 14-10. 

Five minutes into the second half saw a runaway try the length of the field to the Pride’s Tazmon McRobbie and the scoreboard ticked over 20-10. The Crows held their own for most of the second half with the score 24-10 with about seven minutes to go. 

With a change in the conditions and a loss of concentration the final score saw the Pride win 40-10.  The local Burnett Players were glad to have played in front of a “home crowd” and were a little disappointed that they couldn’t continue their momentum after half time to get a win.

The Mal Meninga U18 game saw the Pride too good for the Crows winning 28-8. Conditions had deteriorated for this game, which saw a great deal of dropped ball which resulted in a lower scoring game.

Once again, the Kingaroy Rugby League Football Club hosted another great day of rugby league for the Burnett Region and thanks must go to the president Mick Dugdell and his hard-working crew for all their efforts on making this event a success.