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Cape Cluster shows off talent

By Matt Nicholls (Cape York News), Robbie Moore QRL Northern Division and QRL Media

Coen made the most of its home ground advantage in Round 1 of Northern Division’s Cape Cluster competition, while Weipa and reigning champs Lockhart River are also undefeated after the opening round.

The two newcomers to the competition, Kowanyama and Pormpurraw, along with Napranum, were unable to register wins, but showed promise.

Aurukun and Mapoon each enjoyed a victory in what was a successful opener to the season.

Weipa Raiders coach Karl Adams said he was impressed by the standard of competition.

His side overcame fired up local rivals Napranum Twals in the first game, before flexing their muscle against the Mapoon Magpies in the second match.

“We weren’t that great in the first game, but we talked about a few things and finished strongly,” he said.

“I think Mapoon were ahead at halftime, but we overrun them, even though they had more numbers.”

Adams was impressed by the amount of young players across all teams.

“The future of rugby league in the Cape is going to be strong for the next five to 10 years.”

QRL Northern Division Assistant Division Manager Robbie Moore thanked all community teams who participated at Coen on the weekend.

“This is fantastic that all eight communities are involved and have been supported by councils and other organisations,” he said. 

“Once again, all games were played in the highest spirit of the game with no sin-bins or send offs.”

He also congratulated Coen on the preparation of the venue and to the teams who provided referees in training and scorers.

"Overall, it was a fantastic day and shows if we all work together we can achieve great outcomes through the ‘Greatest Game of All’,” he said.

The next round of the Cape Cluster will be played in Weipa on Saturday, June 3.

Download the Round 3 and Round 4 draw here.

Round 1 results

Coen 32 d Pormpuraaw 0
Weipa 16 d Napranum 14
Mapoon 20 d Kowanyama 8
Lockhart 16 d Aurukun 12

Round 2 results

Weipa 24 d Mapoon 10
Coen 19 d Kowanyama 0
Aurukun 22 d Pormpuraaw 0
Lockhart 30 d Napranum 4

LADDER: Coen 4, Weipa 4, Lockhart River 4, Aurukun 2, Mapoon 2, Napranum 0, Kowanyama 0, Pormpuraaw 0.

Read the Cape York News coverage here: Page 1 || Page 2

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