Players and supporters alike had a great day at the Skytrans Southern Cape Selection Trials at Coen over the weekend.
Cape communities made the most of the Coen Oval before the $500,000 upgrade due to commence next week which will include new turf, goal posts, drainage and irrigation systems and lighting for the Coen community.
Women's softball games kicked off the morning along with the fastest feet competition before the main event, the Men's Open Southern Cape Selection Trials.
The game was held between the combined Three River team, consisting from Wujal Wujal, Cooktown, Hopevale, along with powerhouses Lockhart River Scorpions and Coen Colts.
QRL Northern Division Assistant Manager Robbie Moore applauded the teams and players along with the Coen community for setting up of the fields.
"It was just a fantastic day for everyone involved the leaders in these communities are the driving force getting people all working together and getting them active through sport," Moore said.
Southern Cape will compete on the June 16 and 17 in Cairns for the Skytrans RARL Challenge which will have attending regional teams from Northern Cape, Torres Straits, Gulf, and Palm Island competing for a NQ United Jersey.
Three Rivers v Coen
Combined Three Rivers players from Wujal Wujal, Cooktown, and Hopevale took on home town Coen Colts which was played in great spirit with Coen throwing the ball around in early stages and catching out the combined Three River team, winning 28-16.
Lockhart River Scorpions v Three Rivers
Mayor Wayne Butcher was all smiles after Lockhart River were too strong for Three Rivers combined winning 36-14. Dominic Macumboy, 2017 NQ United and Deadly Kangaroos representative player, proved once again his class with several long rang tries and is set for another big year.
Mayor Butcher is the driving force behind Lockhart River and praised the game of rugby league for bringing people and communities together; uniting communities through the number one sport, rugby league.
Coen Colts v Lockhart River Scorpions
The pre-game speech from Dion Creek and Amos Hobson (co-coaches for Coen Colts) fired up the young squad with some classy attacking play to scare Lockhart River in the early stages of the game.
The intensity and discipline showed by both teams made for an exciting game, which was called off 5 minutes before full time with Lockhart River and NQ United centre Benny Macumboy dislocating his ankle with the score at 12- 10 to Lockhart River.
Benny will be fighting the clock to make himself available for the Skytrans RARL Challenge held in Cairns on June 16-17.