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Helping hands get junior games to Palm Island

Townsville junior rugby league was taken all the way to Palm Island at the weekend, with Norths Thuringowa JRL Under 7 to Under 11s making the trip to take on their opposing Palm Island teams.

North Queensland put on some stunning weather for the weekend, allowing the two-hour boat trip over to run smoothly for all involved, while set up on the island ran like a well-oiled machine.

The fields and complexes were ready when teams arrived, as well as a makeshift canteen while Palm Island's was being redeveloped, making the day a huge success for everyone, from the players to the coaching staff and families.

The day was made successful by the efforts of a large group of people, especially Palm Island JRL and Keona Smith and her small team for organising everything required.

The Palm Island Council and Mayor Alf Lacey had the fields in perfect condition, while the Palm Island Community company assisted throughout the process.

Bus transportation for the teams was handled perfectly by Campbell Page Employment and the Cathy Freeman Foundation.

A special mention must also be made of Norths Thuringowa JRL for taking the leap and sending their sides to the island for the first time, as well as assisting with ferry costs along with QRL Northern Division (Region).

The water between Townsville and Palm Island was handled by Sealink, who ran an extra service on the day to ensure everyone could get over to the island safely.

Katie Lord in particular went the extra mile to make this happen and deserves a special mention for her involvement in making the weekend happen.