Rugby league and cultures merge at the Tully Tigers’ Reconciliation event

The Queensland Outback Open Women’s team celebrate their historic win against NQ United. Photo: Maria Girgenti

IT was an historic occasion and a massive day of rugby league at Tully Showgrounds last Saturday, when the NQ United and Queensland Outback women’s teams faced off for the first time in the annual representative clash.

The Super Saturday kicked off with FNQ junior games, three CDRL games between the Tully Tigers and the Ivanhoes, as well as two extra games between NQ United and the Queensland Outback Open Men’s and Women’s teams.

For nine years, the fierce rivalry between the rural and remote sides has been described as ‘Origin-like.’ 

NQ United teams had players from the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Peninsula area, and Torres Strait Islands.

The Queensland Outback Open Men’s team featured players from Mount Isa, Roma, Charleville, Barcaldine, Wullumbilla/Surat, and St George.

Players from Longreach, Tambo, Hughenden, Blackall Cloncurry, and Ilfracombe made up the Open Women’s team.

The Queensland Government supported Queensland Rugby League’s Community Reconciliation Event – Queensland Outback vs North Queensland United – through the Tourism and Events Queensland’s Year of Indigenous Tourism Festivals and Events Fund. 

Traditional dancers from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures were a highlight, as well as an Indigenous art exhibition and paintings. 

Queensland Outback defeated NQ United by 20 -8 in the Open Women’s match to lift the unique Skytrans Challenge trophy.

In the Open Men’s game, NQ United claimed the Skytrans Challenge trophy with a 30 – 16 win over Queensland Outback.

CDRL Round 14 fixtures, July 17 – 18:

A Grade

Ivanhoes 38 defeated Tully 22.

Mossman-Port Douglas 32 defeated Innisfail 28.

Kangaroos 56 defeated Yarrabah 26.

Cairns Brothers 40 defeated Southern Suburbs 18.

Atherton 30 defeated Mareeba 10.

Bye: Edmonton

CDRL Ladder Round 14: 

Cairns Brothers 26, Innisfail 20, Ivanhoes 20, Mossman-Port Douglas 19, Yarrabah 18, Edmonton 15, Kangaroos 14, Southern Suburbs 14, Mareeba 10, Atherton 8, and Tully 4.

Reserve Grade

Ivanhoes 18 defeated Tully 8.

Innisfail 42 defeated Mossman-Port Douglas 18.

Yarrabah 24 defeated Kangaroos 16.

Southern Suburbs 28 defeated Cairns Brothers 24.

Atherton 28 defeated Mareeba 12.

Under 18

Tully 22 defeated Ivanhoes 16.

Innisfail 64 defeated Mossman-Port Douglas 8.

Kangaroos 30 defeated Yarrabah 22.

Cairns Brothers 42 defeated Southern Suburbs 16.

Atherton 28 defeated Mareeba 22.

Open Women’s

Ivanhoes 30 defeated Innisfail 18. 

Kangaroos 46 defeated Yarrabah 18.

Edmonton 28 defeated Atherton 12. 

In Round 15 of CDRL fixtures, the Innisfail Leprechauns are back at home tomorrow to host the Ivanhoes Knights at Callendar Park, whilst the Tully Tigers have a tough road trip to Jilara Oval to face the Yarrabah Seahawks on Sunday.

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