Tully and Innisfail teams compete in Tassell Trophy Challenge Under 14 rugby league carnival

Innisfail Brothers’ Under 14 Boys’ team who competed at the Tassell Trophy Challenge in Cairns.

AFTER it was cancelled last year due to COVID-19, the annual Tassell Trophy Challenge Under 14 Carnival made a welcome return, with over 250 junior rugby league players in action at Jones Park, Cairns.

This carnival is named in honour of the Tassell family, who have long-standing roots in the Rugby League community.

Tom Tassell, who passed away in 2019, gave more than 50 years of service to junior and senior Rugby League through Mount Isa, Kangaroos, Masters, Cairns, and North Queensland as Coach, Administrator, Advisor or Selector at all levels.

Sandy Tassell was the first lady Life Member of Kangaroos Junior Rugby League and the girls’ competition is named in her honour to acknowledge her huge contribution to the Club.

Tom and Sandy’s sons Brad, Jason, and Kris were Kangaroos’ juniors, and all three went on to play at NRL/ARL level.

Sixteen boys’ teams, who were split into two pools of eight, featured players from Edmonton, Redlynch, Kangaroos, Cairns Brothers, Atherton, Tully, Brothers Innisfail, Western Lions, Burdekin, Mount Isa, Central Cape (Weipa), Mackay, Townsville Brothers, Proserpine, Bowen, and Centrals Clubs. 

Innisfail, Moranbah, Mackay Brothers, and Western Lionesses Under 14 girls’ teams contested the Sandy Tassell Trophy.

Tully, who were in the Gold Pool, won all four of their games and finished third, whilst Innisfail was in the Blue Pool and did their Club proud.

Townsville’s Western Lions teams took home the Tom Tassell and Sandy Tassell trophies after winning both the boys’ and girls’ grand finals.

Tully Tigers second rower Ezekiel Ivey, who was the top try scorer, with seven tries in three games on the first day, was named the Tom Tassell Boys’ Player of the Carnival, whilst Innisfail prop Lisa Waireg claimed the Girls’ award.

The Central Cape Suns team from Weipa won the carnival’s Spirit Award.

Results were as follows:


Tully 16 defeated Centrals Gold 10

Tully 20 defeated Proserpine 12

Tully 20 defeated Burdekin 16

Tully 24 defeated Mount Isa 14

Innisfail 36 defeated Bowen 0

Atherton 6 defeated Innisfail 4

Townsville Brothers 16 defeated Innisfail 10

Western Lions 34 defeated Innisfail 0

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