PCYC Mareeba hosted their annual youth Indigenous Rugby League Football Carnival on Friday, October 4, at Davies Park, Mareeba.
The main objective was to bring together youths from all over the Far North, especially remote communities, to play football.
This assists the youths to develop their skill set by playing with a broader range of youths with varying levels of skill.
With over 100 players who attended, the field was packed full of up and coming football stars, with teams travelling from Napranum, Innisfail, Cairns, Mossman and Yarrabah.
Sergeant Mary-Anne West said this annual event was a great way for local police and police liaison officers to interact with juveniles from across the region.
“We have local officers who volunteer their time at the event to help foster relationships with our local youths,” Sergeant West said.
The final game of the day was between North Queensland Cook Island and Kadar from Mossman.
The North Queensland Cook Island team battled to a hardfought win of 16-6 to come away with the Kalip Parker Memorial Shield.
Head Coach Bobby Benioni spoke about the carnival and what it means to the community.
“Today wasn’t about winning, it was more of a development for the North Queensland Rugby League,” he said.
“It’s a stepping stone; it’s the foundation of what’s going to happen in the years to come.
“Exciting times for the Cook Islands Rugby league.”
Mr Benioni was also happy with his team’s performance and subsequent win.
“The wins great, we’ll take it,” he said.
“I’m really happy for the boys.”
All proceeds from the event helped fund the day and future Youth Development programs in Mareeba.