Redlynch crowned Warren Pitt Cup champions

The Redlynch Razorbacks secured back-to-back championships in the Warren Pitt Cup after a thrilling 12-10 victory over Tully in the grand final.

In the 20th year of the competition, Connor Briffa from Redlynch was awarded the Rod Whittle Medal as player of the carnival, named after Rod Whittle who was a stalwart of the carnival in the early years.

Connor Briffa from Redlynch Razorbacks was named Player of the Warren Pitt Cup and awarded the Rod Whittle Medal.
Connor Briffa from Redlynch Razorbacks was named Player of the Warren Pitt Cup and awarded the Rod Whittle Medal.

The Spirit of League trophy won by Innisfail Brothers team who displayed exemplary team / individual discipline and the highest standards of sportsmanship throughout the carnival.

Innisfail Brothers team won the Charles Vessey Spirit of League Memorial trophy for exemplary team/individual discipline and great sportsmanship which was presented to them by Honourable Warren Pitt AM.
Innisfail Brothers team won the Charles Vessey Spirit of League Memorial trophy for exemplary team/individual discipline and great sportsmanship which was presented to them by Honourable Warren Pitt AM.

Nicholas Muriata from Tully won the Francis Mosby Memorial catch the high ball award, while Miki Toquero, also from Tully, claimed the Arthur O'Doherty Memorial 50 metre sprint.

Nicholas Muriata from Tully Tigers who was the winner of the Catch The High Ball competition was presented with the Francis Mosby Memorial trophy by Honourable Warren Pitt AM.
Nicholas Muriata from Tully Tigers who was the winner of the Catch The High Ball competition was presented with the Francis Mosby Memorial trophy by Honourable Warren Pitt AM.

Cairns Brothers, Edmonton, Scorpions, Innisfail, Kangaroos, Redlynch and Tully were the teams to take part in the contest that saw 14 games played before the grand final.

Honourable Warren Pitt AM presented the runner up medals to players from the Tully Tigers team.
Honourable Warren Pitt AM presented the runner up medals to players from the Tully Tigers team.

The Warren Pitt Cup started as a school district competition in 2000 until it transitioned into a club carnival in 2015.

In 2011, the Francis Mosby memorial high ball and Arthur O'Doherty memorial 50 metre sprint awards were introduced while the Charles Vessey Memorial Spirit of League award started in 2015.

Miki Toquero from Tully Tigers won the 50 metre sprint and was presented with the Arthur O'Doherty Memorial trophy by the Honourable Warren Pitt AM.
Miki Toquero from Tully Tigers won the 50 metre sprint and was presented with the Arthur O'Doherty Memorial trophy by the Honourable Warren Pitt AM.

The carnival was named after Mr Pitt in recognition of his efforts with junior rugby league development.

Mr Pitt said if the game of rugby league was going to grow and prosper, it would be through the development of junior players who participate in club and school competitions.

"I am honoured to be associated with a carnival that provides a well-organised set of fixtures with the most basic aim having fun," Mr Pitt said.

"Allowing young players to test their skills in an atmosphere where enjoyment of the game is paramount."

Honourable Warren Pitt AM presented the trophies and congratulated the winning captain of the Redlynch Razorbacks team.
Honourable Warren Pitt AM presented the trophies and congratulated the winning captain of the Redlynch Razorbacks team.

Mr Pitt extended to his gratitude to the players, team officials, parents, and organisers, as well as all those who made donations and freely gave their time, expertise and support to ensure the event ran smoothly.

He especially wished to thank Cairns District Junior Rugby League for medallions and trophies; event coordinator Pat Bailey who also secured sponsorship; QRL and NRL staff for supervision of Arthur O'Doherty Sprint and Francis Mosby competitions; Jodie Stevens from CDJRL for administration of the Cup and securing team participation; Jones Park Board of Management for use of the fields and the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP as his staff collated and printed the programs.