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THE weather events last week unfortunately forced the Rockhampton and District Junior Rugby League to call off fixtures. With up to 500mm dropping in areas, it made fields very damp.

The competition will now go on in the school holidays until the weekend of April 26 when all grades return including the start of the Mini Mod season, which is always a great time especially watching the new Under 6 players start their football journey.

The Easter School holidays means another great event in Rockhampton with the Under 14 Rhys Wesser “Dream, Believe, Achieve” Super 9s Shield taking place.

We are pleased to say that we now have 12 teams nominated for the 9-a-side two-day event, local sides, Brothers, Norths, Yeppoon, Emu Park, Gracemere and Fitzroy’s will take on sides from Moranbah, Sarina, Western Districts Mackay, Wanders Mackay, Mackay Brothers Bulldogs and a team from Tannum Sands.

With sides now broken into two pools, each side will play each other in their respective pools with the sides then ranked and then pitted against each other in grand finals.

That will take place Saturday afternoon at Browne Park prior to the Capras v Norths Intrust Super Cup Game.

The leading team in each pool with play for the Rhys Wesser Shield and a fully signed Rabbitohs jersey for the winning club, with sides then playing for their respective division depending on where they finish in their pool. What this means is that every player will play in a grand final, the aim of the carnival is too give each player the experience of playing in a final and with 12 teams this allows each side that opportunity.

We will again be having the Rhys Wesser Camp Quality All Stars Touch Game, were the kids from Camp Quality get a chance to play a game of touch footy with ex-NRL stars, with Rhys this year we also have local boys, Jamie Simpson and Justin Loomans (both ex-South’s players), along with Welsh International Ian Webster and local TV personalities and Rockhampton Regional Council Deputy Mayor Tony Williams taking part in the event.

Rhys is very committed to the Carnival having a strong message and with his involvement in the NRL’s One Community Program, believes he can touch the lives of the children through this very powerful program, which teaches children that if they have a dream that they should do everything possible to reach their very best no matter what field it may be in.

This program will hopefully not only produce future rugby league players, but our next local councillors, teachers, doctors, charity supporters.

The carnival will also again assist Camp Quality and Cancer Council Queensland with raffles on the Friday and collection tins on the Saturday, the event has raised over $800 over the past two years and we will be looking to increase that again this year.

Events like this don’t just happen, it is the assistance of great sponsors that get these events off the ground and again the carnival has had great support, Stockland Rockhampton, CQ Leagues Club, Sportscene Super Warehouse, Webbers Retravision, Rockhampton Regional Council, Capricorn Enterprises, Daniels Surgical, Mecure Resort Yeppoon and the Central Queensland Capras.

The RDJRL is looking forward to a fantastic weekend April 11-12 and again thank all our supporters to make this event a great time for all involved in the game.

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