Badu Island hosts successful 2018 Island of Origin

The 2018 Island of Origin was held on Badu Island recently, hosted by the Daddhin Geai Warriors with games played on the Joe Mairu Memorial Oval.

Five teams took part in the carnival – Goemu Bau Raiders, Pagga Panthers, Injinoo Crocs, Magun Warriors and Badu Island.

Players travelled by plane and boat from Cairns and all over the Torres Strait to play this popular tourmant in the Torres Strait.

Carnivals like this bring families together to watch top quality football being played.

Games were played tough, but in good spirit.

Goemu Bau Raiders, coached by former Melbourne Storm player Sam Joe, had to grit out a tough win against Pagga Panthers.

The win was off the back of a strong come-back, scoring out wide on the fulltime buzzer before halfback Jonathan Tomsana calmly converted from the sideline.

The field was flooded by supporters of both teams after the ball sailed through the posts, illustrating just how passionate the region is about rugby league.

Special mention must go to George Morseau and the Daddhin Geai Warriors for hosting the carnival, and getting the field ready for the weekend.

A lot of work is done behind the scenes when preparing for these sorts of carnivals and the volunteers did an amazing job