Young guns meet NRL stars at Casino carnival

BUDDING footy talents from across the region showed their skills and met NRL heroes at an enjoyable day of action at Casino on Saturday.

Sides from across the region played shortened matches in the years 7-12 age groups as part of the Group One Casino RSM Mini-Mod Junior Carnival.

More than 80 games were played with teams from across the North Coast represented.

Group One secretary John Wall said the day, which was staged at Casino's Queen Elizabeth Park, had been both fun and helpful for participants.

"Carnivals like this are very important," he said.

"Because of our regional size normally the players in the 7-9 age group can only play in the local area.

"When they come to a carnival like this they can play teams from other areas.

"It gives them variety and they can put some of the things they learn into practise.

"It was a great day and I think everyone enjoyed it."

Gold Coast Titans trio David Mead, Matt White and Cody Nelson all stopped by to enjoy the fun.

The trio signed autographs and chatted with players, parents and spectators.

"It is extremely important for young kids to see players like this," Wall said.

"These guys started at the grassroots and now they are at the pinnacle of the game.

"It might make the kids think they can make it too."

Wall thanked everyone who assisted and helped organise the event.

Lennox Head will host a mini-carnival on Saturday, June 22.

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