TRAINING HARD: Lachie Pistema, Lachie Mahoney, Anthony Buda, Lochie Torrisi, Jayme Simpson and Ben Rogers are excited to host the under-11 state rugby league carnival.
TRAINING HARD: Lachie Pistema, Lachie Mahoney, Anthony Buda, Lochie Torrisi, Jayme Simpson and Ben Rogers are excited to host the under-11 state rugby league carnival. Ella Archibald-Binge

Juniors in Stanthorpe

HORDES of junior rugby league players and their families will roll into Stanthorpe on Sunday to set up camp for the five-day Queensland Under 11 Vic Jensen Rugby League Carnival.

Young footy fans will be kept entertained during their school holidays, with four games played each day at the Stanthorpe rugby league grounds.

Eight top junior teams from all corners of the state will battle it out at the carnival.

Teams hail from Capricornia, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Wide Bay and the Darling Downs.

Although no Stanthorpe players made the under 11 team this year, Warwick's Jacob Gross and Alex Donn will join Goondiwindi's Connor Clement to line up with the Darling Downs side.

Darling Downs coach Lyndon McIntyre said he was confident his players would hold their own.

"I have been with the team for three years," he said.

"This is the most confident I have been in the boys going into a Vic Jensen Carnival."

McIntyre said the team had training camps and games at Goondiwindi, Roma and Toowoomba in the lead-up to the carnival.

More than 500 people are expected to converge on the Granite Belt for the event.

Stanthorpe Junior Rugby League president Mick Mahoney said he hoped visiting players and their families would get a taste for the region.

"Hopefully they'll enjoy the Granite Belt and want to come back again," he said.

Mahoney said it was great to have so many local businesses supporting the carnival as sponsors.

He said the SJRL had organised a range of events to keep visitors and tourists entertained.

NRL Development is pitching in to help run a rugby league clinic for boys and girls aged six-14.

The clinic will be held at the Stanthorpe grounds from 2.30-4.30pm on Thursday, July 4.

This will be followed by a buffet spit-roast dinner at the Sullivan Oval club house.

Mahoney said locals and visiting teams were welcome and encouraged to attend both events.

To book, contact the clubhouse or phone SJRL vice-president Justin Heaven on 0407 582 367.

Jnr league carnival

  • Four games will be played each day in the Vic Jensen Carnival.
  • Games will commence at 10am, 11am, noon and 1pm, Monday to Friday.
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