The National Indigenous Rugby Championships will be held on the Gold Coast from the 2-4 August. The U16 Championship, which is coordinated by the Lloyd McDermott Foundation, will host a team from both North and South Queensland.
The North Queensland representatives were picked from the teams that competed in the North Queensland Indigenous Rugby Carnival in June. The competition was contested by teams from Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton.
The South Queensland Team held a selection day at Ballymore on June 22 and the team was chosen from players from Hervey Bay, Murgon, Maleny, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich, and the Gold Coast. More than 50 players participated on the day. The event, which was supported by PASS Australia, consisted of coaching sessions a series of trial matches.
Congratulations to everyone who participated and especially those who were chosen as a part of the Queensland teams.
(see below for team lists)
Townsville & Mackay Teams
North Queensland Team
Dusty Chirgwin - Emmaus College Blair Toby - Mt Morgan SHS Michael Murphy - Mackay SHS Ipad Nona - Trinity Bay SHS Sakeo Valevou - Woree SHS Jesse Meinicke - Pioneer SHS Passey Namai - Djarragun College Morris Hodges - St Mary's Catholic College Louis Leo - Proserpine SHS Eden Campbell O’Brian - Townsville Grammar School Malcom Congoo - Kirwan SHS Maipele Morseau - St Brendan's College Bazie Jacko - Mackay Christian College Paul Walit - Djarragun College Denzel Mooney - Emmaus College Rhett Kissier - Mackay SHS Mathio Newie - Woree SHS Zemeth Tabuai - Djarragun College Eddie Tomasana - Townsville Grammar School Joel Marama - Trinity Bay SHS Morgan Waigana - Trinity Bay SHS Frank Lowah - Cairns SHS Stephen Whap - The Cathedral School Mark Alfred - Townsville SHS Chris Congoo - Kirwan SHS Cameron Wilson - St Brendan's College
South Queensland Team
Pompy Toolis - Marist College Ashgrove Zac Binawel - Balmoral SHS Michael Dalton - Marist College Ashgrove Robert Kennedy - Ipswich Grammar Corey Carlson - Clontarf Beach SHS Keron Kolo Buckle - Balmoral SHS Nick Harold - Palm Beach Currumbin Connie Pearson - Brisbane Boys College Laurie Elisala - Marist College Ashgrove Kane Fuller - Ipswich Grammar Aiden Kemla - Ipswich Grammar Emmanuel Bell - Villanova College Aiden Mullier - Ipswich Grammar Samson Link - Bundamba SHS Liam Law - Urangun SHS Jordan Upkett - Sunnybank SHS Gerard Parker - Ipswich SHS Ben Atkins - Clontarf Beach SHS Brett Mills - St Peters Lutheran College Donny Morso - St Peters Lutheran College Kori Cavanagh - Kings Christian College Brad Jarro – Coach Selwyn Button – Assitant Coach Trevor Fourmile – Manager