HAVING A BALL: Stafford Sandow, Eddie Aubrey and George Fischer from Cherbourg enjoying the weekend of rugby league at Coolum.
HAVING A BALL: Stafford Sandow, Eddie Aubrey and George Fischer from Cherbourg enjoying the weekend of rugby league at Coolum. Erica Henderson

Boys from the bush come to Coolum

The Queensland Outback Rugby League teams were selected in Winton and they survived their 30 hour bus trip to attend the Glen Rees City Country Cultural exchange being held at Coolum this weekend.

This year there are a record number of teams participating from Under 13s to Under 16s while Under 18s have been included for the first time this year.

As well as the Qld Outback teams there are teams coming from Kingaroy, Emerald, Chinchilla, Brisbane and Warwick a total of nearly 500 players participating.

Some of our State’s top up and coming referees will be officiating the event.

Queensland Rugby League operations manager Peter Rafter said there is a big crowd at the carnival which is now become one of the highlights of the Sunshine Coast Rugby League Calendar. 

“This year we have also been fortunate to have generous sponsorship provided for the carnival by The Maintenance Company, based on the Sunshine Coast and The Arthur Beetson Foundation,” he said.

“The QRL and the Queensland Police Service have formed a partnership to help youths in the Outback areas and in the rest of Queensland make choices regarding careers in the QPS.”

The event’s progressing well and the teams are on the field so get down here and enjoy some great Rugby league.”

This event is about building friendship and developing rugby league skills, and giving kids opportunities they would not normally get.

“Quite uniquely at this event there is no scoring, no winners and losers the atmosphere is great as kids are just here to play and enjoy the game.”

Over the weekend members of the QPS Stock Squad and Recruiting will have a display and be ready to answer any questions people may have about joining the Service.

Peter Betros the Chairman of the Queensland Rugby League was in attendance at the event.

He said there is a great carnival atmosphere and some exciting young talent on display.

“The big state of origin win for Queensland has these boys really fired up,” he said.

“Travelling to the coast for this event is an incredible opportunity to experience a taste of representative football for these outback boys.”

“There is is some exciting talent down here, these boys they love their rugby league and they wouldn't miss an opportunity like this for quids.”

Coolum Colts President Dean Jessep said the committee have put a lot of work into planning this event

“ This event s huge and we wanted to make sure everyone who came to the coast felt welcome’” he said.

“ I’m grateful to all of our parent volunteers from Coolum this events in great shape thanks to their careful planning.”

“We’ve heard some great stories today about kids seeing the beach for the first time ever and the beach was just perfect this morning so the kids were stoked - what more could you ask for?”



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