Bundy's best in for lighthouse cup

Rugby Union: Like so many of life's best things, the Lighthouse Hotel Cup started over a few drinks between mates.

Players from Bundaberg and Hervey Bay combined for the first Lighthouse Hotel Cup match at Burnett Heads in 2002.

“After the game we went into the (Lighthouse Hotel) and had a few drinks and we thought 'we should do this every year',” Junior Bundaberg Rugby Union (JBRU) treasurer Brett Phillips said.

From there the tournament grew, becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures on the JBRU calendar.

Tomorrow players from Brisbane, Caboolture, Hervey Bay and Gladstone will come to Burnett Heads to contest the Lighthouse Hotel Cup.

They will come up against Bundaberg's best in under-8, under-10, under-12, under-13, under-14, under-16 and, the main event, the over-35 games.

“It's a great day for everyone,” Phillips said.

“The Brisbane teams treat it as an end-of-season trip and it's good for the Bundaberg players to represent the region.

“It's a great day down there, the weather is usually nice and it's in such a beautiful spot, with the beach close by and the wind.

“It's turned into a real family day for everybody, a great way to end the year.

“At the end of the day we will go into the hotel and have a few drinks and a meal, and everyone will have a laugh about what went on throughout the day.”

The action will kick-off tomorrow at 10.30am with under-8 and under-10s.

The action will finish with the over-35s at 4.30pm.



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