WHILE the official Four Nations kicked off at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium at the weekend – further south – another four nations tournament was also being played.
This year’s Queensland Pacific Island Cultural Carnival was staged at Beenleigh’s Bill Norris Oval with locally-based teams representing Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands and Tonga playing across three days.
The Men’s Open final closed the event and saw two contrasting styles of play – with the power game of the Samoa team up against the quick ball movement of the PNG side.
After two entertaining halves – it was the PNG side who prevailed 28-24, with the talented Joe Bond a standout for his side.
Despite the Opens loss – Samoa supporters still went home with a smile on their face – with the nation claiming the Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 titles.
The full results from the three days of competition are listed below:
The QPICC event was sanctioned by the Queensland Rugby League and received support from the SEQ Division, with the provision of referees and touch judges, administration assistance and resource support.
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See a gallery from the weekend here - Gallery: QPICC