Tallis Cup unites junior teams

Pictured: Greenbank and Kaiwalagal JRL.

The recent Gorden Tallis Cup in Townsville was filled with success stories.

But one which arguably stood out above all others was the single game between Greenbank and Kaiwalagal JRL from Thursday Island in the Torres Straits.

Geographically speaking, Greenbank (south east) and Kaiwalagal must feel like a “world apart”.

“You would have to look through the archives to see if a game has ever been played between two junior QRL teams from as far away from each other as these two,” Northern Division manager Scott Nosworthy said.

Run by the Townsville District Junior Rugby League, the Gorden Tallis Cup saw a staggering 51 teams compete on the weekend of July 12-13.

Greenbank and Kaiwalagal were just two sets of players who will never forget the experience.

Their match was played in great spirits, with Greenbank scoring six tries to two in an entertaining match.

“It was a fantastic achievement for both clubs to just be able to make it to the event and everyone should be congratulated for their fantastic efforts to give these children an opportunity to play the great game of rugby league in an excellent carnival,” Nosworthy said.

Nosworthy said the atmosphere around the ground was electric.

“It was by far the biggest crowd I have seen at a carnival in North Queensland in my 10 years working in the game of rugby league and the best thing about the whole weekend was that the event was played in the right spirit,” Nosworthy said.