Teams gather for junior league carnival
STANTHORPE boy Travis Murphy will be among those competing in the Mustangs Under-12s Challenge in Stanthorpe this weekend.
Warwick and District Junior Rugby League's under-12s Chargers coach Lee Schwenke said he was looking forward to the carnival, which will take place at Sullivan and Crisp Ovals on Saturday and Sunday.
He said all seven teams in the Warwick and District JRL would be represented at the carnival.
"Every club has got some players,” he said.
Mr Schwenke said eight teams from different regions would converge in Stanthorpe for the carnival.
He said his team had been training hard to prepare.
"We've had two trial games and we've had three training sessions,” he said.
He said rep players would face many more games in the under-13s and upwards.
"They play a lot of rep next year,” he said.
He said the team also included a player from Milwood and more from across the district.
Stanthorpe Junior Rugby League president Lindsay Adams said rep teams were coming from as far as Roma.
He looked forward to the event being held in Stanthorpe.
"It's something that doesn't come up very often,” he said. "Definitely, it's a coup for us to get it.”
Warwick and District JRL secretary Rob Weaver said the carnival would allow the players to transition into international laws, which are used in the NRL.
"The point of the carnival is we're playing international laws,” Mr Weaver said.
He said the under-12s had been playing modified laws until now, which exclude scrums and have some other points of difference.
Next season will be their first real taste of international laws, so this weekend's carnival will be an opportunity for players to transition.
"I think also, it gives them an extra week of football, that is the goal of it,” he said. "We just want kids to play, it's not necessarily about winning, we just want them to play.”
The carnival will run from 9am to 4pm Saturday and 9am to 1.15pm Sunday.
Saturday's first game will see WDJRL Chargers compete against Toowoomba Sky. The Chargers will play Greenbank at 1pm Saturday and South Burnett at 9am Sunday.