The Annual Charity Shield Carnival is gearing up to take place this weekend, thanks to the Rockhampton & District Junior Rugby League.
This year is the eighth staging of the carnival and there will be 12 sides competing in the boys and girls divisions of the carnival with seven boys and five girls sides.
Teams will travel from Mackay, Sarina, Gladstone and Biloela to join the local sides in the Under 14, nine-a-side carnival.
Main Image: Beaudesert and Brothers at the 2018 carnival. Photo: supplied
This year, the tournament will have DCYSI Sports and Recreation officer Jamie Simpson and their program Tackle6 as the carnivals message partner.
Simpson will speak with all the teams on Friday (April 12) about his experiences in high level rugby league, as well as information on social media, bullying and other issues affecting youth.
He will be joined by the team from Darumbal Community Youth Services and they will assist at the carnival, while also talking to the teams during the day and giving out some handy hints about football and life.
The carnival organisers are thrilled to have a community organisation like Darumbal Community Services on board.
The 2019 carnival has also partnered up with the Give Me 5 For Kids Charity and again raffles will be held over the weekend.
Prizes up for grabs include a Huddersfield Giants game jersey from their development program, a signed Leeds Rhinos football and other great prizes from local sponsors.
This year, will also see the return of the Charity Touch Game on the Friday night.
Two sides, lead by Australia Touch Player Gavin Shuker and former Souths Sydney Rabbitohs Simpson, will do battle in the name of Charity.
Shuker has chosen some well-known local Australian touch players to take on Simpson’s league legends, who include Scott Minto, Rhys Wesser and Justin Loomans.
Two spots on each team are available to be taken by auction with all funds going to the GM5FK’s Charity. The public can bid for these spots on the B Team Facebook page.
Day 1 will start with the opening at 8.40am where there will be a team photo in the middle of Victoria Park and the games starting from 9.30am.
Day 2 will see the finals start at 12.20pm, with the Division 1 Girls final at 2.2pm0 and the Boys Division 1 final at 3pm.
Carnivals like this can’t happen without the support of great sponsors and the RDJRL wish to acknowledge: Rocky Sports Club, Leisure Pools Rockhampton & Gladstone, Intersports Rockhampton, Darumbal Community Youth Services and Triple M.