Action from the Byron Bay v Ballina match at the NRRRL All Schools Carnival at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
Action from the Byron Bay v Ballina match at the NRRRL All Schools Carnival at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino. Deb Milgate

St Mary's wins through to Carnival

ST MARY’S Public School, Casino has received an invitation to take on the best schools in New South Wales at Blacktown in Sydney on August 1 at the Allstates Knockout Carnival.

St Mary’s won the privilege by being crowed Open A champion at the annual NRRRL All Schools Carnival at Queen Elizabeth Park yesterday.

It means the school can lay claim to being the best-performed league team out of a massive 700 participants and 35 teams in total on the day.

Schools from as far north as Tweed Heads and Woodenbong took part in the gala event.

St Mary’s also won the under-10 A title, underlining the school’s strong rugby league roots.

“They were strong across all divisions,” ARL national development officer Kelvin Menchin said.

Open B winner was Ballina Public School.

“They were a nice surprise,” Menchin said.

“Ballina had minimal numbers at the tournament but this team won all its games.”

Byron Bay Public School took the under-10 B crown.

All winning teams have been invited to participate in the Allstates Carnival.

Menchin said the level of sportsmanship on the day was fantastic.

Gold Coast Titans development official Peter Reeves, as well as two players from the Titans’ under-20 squad, cast their eyes over the Northern Rivers’ next bunch of stars.



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