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A RECORD number of twenty-seven Under 13 rugby league teams participated in the Nate Myles Cup, hosted by Southern Suburbs Junior Rugby League Club at Alley Park, Gordonvale.
Teams from Cairns, Mackay, Dysart, Bowen, Sarina, Proserpine, and Townsville participated, and more than 500 youngsters played a total of 71 games over two days.
Referees who officiated at the carnival were from Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, and the Northern Territory.
Tully Tigers were in Pool 1 and finished third (2 losses, 2 wins, and 1 draw), whilst Brothers Innisfail finished fourth in Pool 3 (2 wins and 3 losses).
The Nate Myles Cup is played in line with the new NRL framework RISE Rugby League Development Program, which has been reshaped to align with the statewide delivery of Local League Development Programs targeting participants aged 13 to 15 years.
NMC, which was established in 2013, is held in recognition of one of Far North Queensland’s favourite sons, former NRL star, Nate Myles.
The annual event is coordinated by the Nate Myles Cup volunteer committee headed by convenor, Madonna Archibald.
Myles started his rugby league career as a five-year-old playing in the junior ranks with Southern Suburbs Junior Rugby League Club.
There were many highlights on and off the field, great sportsmanship, as well as players and staff supporting and building connections with other teams.
All teams represented their clubs and districts with great distinction and the many positive comments directed to the event organisers by players and supporters highlighted the value and appreciation of the opportunity to play against teams from other districts.
At the end of the pool round games, Centrals Gold, Walkerston Wanderers, Brothers Bulldogs Blue Mackay and Edmonton Storm progressed to the semi-finals.
Cairns Brothers Junior Rugby League Club team was the Fastest Feet Champions (Relay).
Tully Tigers player, Miki Toquero, was the third highest try scorer with six in the carnival.
Nate Myles was unable to attend the carnival due to commitments with Queensland State of Origin team.
Centrals Gold (Townsville) 16 defeated Walkerston Wanderers 4
Brothers Bulldogs Blue Mackay 16 defeated Edmonton Storm 12
Brothers Bulldogs Blue Mackay 24 defeated Centrals Gold 20
Nate Myles Cup Champions: Brothers Bulldogs Blue Mackay
Player of the Carnival: Locklyn Thomas (Burdekin Roosters Blue), who scored 10 tries in one day.
Player of the Final: Adam McSherry (Captain of Burdekin Roosters Blue)
Team Spirit Award: Dysart Bulls (Central Highlands Queensland)
Referee of the Carnival: Marcus Steinhart (Darwin)
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