Pictured: The successful Torres team.

The FNQ Challenge was held at Stan Williams Oval in Cairns last weekend with four Far North regions competing for NQ United selection.

Northern Cape was picked out of the Cape Cluster competition teams featuring Weipa, Mapoon and Napranum, while Southern Cape was selected from Coen, Lockhart River and Aurukun.

Torres team players came from Thursday Island and outer islands who play in the Zenadth Kes competition and NPA. Palm Island was the fourth team to make up the Challenge.

Southern and Northern teams travelled some 13 hours by car to participate for a pathway to higher honours with Torres flying in and Palm Island making the bus trip up to Cairns from Townsville.

Games were extremely competitive with all teams playing three games over the day. Winners of this year’s Challenge was Torres and all games were played in great spirit.

The NQ United team will now play Queensland Outback in Townsville on July 16 as a curtain raiser to the Intrust Super Cup game featuring the Blackhawks.

Rugby league in the Far North is on the way up with the communities and islands embracing and wanting more of the Greatest Game of All.

NORTHERN UNITED

1 GRESHAM ROSS JR PALM ISLAND
2 DANIEL MAIRU TORRES
3 GEDI DAU TORRES
4 WINDSOR BOWIE TORRES
5 ISAISH WIGNESS TORRES
6 CHASTYN BOWEN NORTHERN CAPE
7 STEVEN SINGLETON TORRES
8 TUPOA MOSBY TORRES
9 TIM OBERLEUTER NORTHERN CAPE
10 FRED BULSEY PALM ISLAND
11 JACK SAGIGI NORTHERN CAPE
12 OBE GEIA PALM ISLAND
13 REMUS PHINEASA TORRES
14 SEAMUS GAY NORTHERN CAPE
15 WILLIAM BLACKMAN PALM ISLAND
16 DARYL PEARSON PALM ISLAND
17 GABRIEL BON TORRES
18 BRANDEN RAMSAMY NORTHERN CAPE
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  BENNY MACUMBOY SOUTHERN CAPE
  SEBASTIAN CREEK SOUTHERN CAPE
  MITCHELL BAIRA PALM ISLAND
  TERENCE YUSIA TORRES
  BRENDAN MAGALA TORRES
  ISAAC ROKEBY SOUTHERN CAPE
  CALEB GEIA PALM ISLAND
COACH THOMAS LOBAN TORRES
ASS COACH SAM JOE TORRES
MANAGER ROBBIE MOORE QRL
TRAINER SEAN DURANT NRL GDO