POPULAR: John Hunter on the charge for his Cabbage Tree Island side in the rugby league knockout carnival last year. The two-day competition is on again at Crozier Field, Lismore, this weekend.
POPULAR: John Hunter on the charge for his Cabbage Tree Island side in the rugby league knockout carnival last year. The two-day competition is on again at Crozier Field, Lismore, this weekend. The Northern Star

Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival on this weekend

A RAFT of talented indigenous rugby league players, some with top-tier experience, will take to Crozier Field this weekend for the annual Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival.

With 14 teams signed up and ready for action, co-ordinator Grantley Creighton expected a strong turnout for the Lismore event.

"We've been holding the carnival since 2006 and it seems to be getting bigger and bigger every year," Creighton said.

"The beauty of the carnival is you tend to get players competing in the NRL and NRRRL (Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League) coming back to play for their home town," he said.

This year's carnival will feature a women's exhibition match between Yugambeh Boomaleh and Gulgan All Stars.

"We've held this a few times over the years, but isn't always a female event. It depends on support, but this year we've got enough to go ahead," Creighton said.

He expected the 14 teams to display a great deal of passion, with some players competing against club teammates.

"They're all representing where they're from and this brings a lot of passion to the game," he said.

"We're really focusing on the community aspect of league in the Northern Rivers with this carnival."

The event, which has an entry fee of $7 (children free), boasts $7000 in prizemoney.

Its draw was decided shortly after The Northern Star went to print.

An Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Party will also be held at Lismore Workers Club Auditorium from 7.30pm Saturday night, with a $10 entry fee.

Call Grantley Creighton on 0402 309 582 for information or tickets.

The Teams

North Casino, Tabulam Turtle Divers, Cabbage Tree Island, Cubawee Connections, Coraki United, Box Ridge Walkabouts, Muli Muli , Clarence Coast Cutters, Lismore Wanderers, Arakwal (Byron Bay), Jordan Bolt Memorial, Kempsey United, Patsy Nagas Memorial.

Women - Yugambeh Boomaleh, Gulgan All Stars.



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