Girls impress in TI carnival

Updated: June 19, 2017

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys game development team went on “vocation” recently to visit picturesque Thursday Island and meet young rugby league fans for the Torres Strait Region 11 and 12 Girls Rugby League carnival.

With only three days to travel between islands, the Cowboys’ first stop was Badu Island, where they hosted an after-school clinic for over 60 children aged between five and 13 years.

Day two of the visit saw the Cowboys go back to school, attending the primary and secondary campuses at Tagai State College, and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Thursday Island, before leading a training session with 45 girls from the outer islands ahead of the carnival.

Torres Strait Region 11 and 12 Girls Rugby League carnival

With 13 islands across 14 campuses represented, the event saw a record 68 participants compete, making it the largest carnival in the region across all sports in eight years.

Cowboys game development manager Liam Bartlett said the carnival was a huge success and showed the impressive following female rugby league has even in the most remote reaches of the Cowboys footprint.

“The carnival actually saw more participants than a boys’ carnival would typically get, which says a lot for the passion these girls have for the sport,” Mr Bartlett said.

“A few of these girls play week-in, week-out with the boys, and their talent is unquestionable – their speed, skill and strength is truly exceptional.”


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