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Date set for 2020 Rocky Charity Shield

The date for the ninth-annual Rockhampton and District Junior Rugby League Charity Shield carnival has been confirmed, with the nine-a-side carnival to be hosted on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, 2020 at Victoria Park.

In previous years, teams have travelled from Mackay, Gladstone, Biloela, Central Highlands and even Beaudesert to join local sides in the Under 14 carnival.

Last year saw 13 teams compete; with nine boys and four girls teams playing four or five games each before facing off in a finals series that included all teams.

The carnival will again have Darumbal Community Youth Services Sports and Recreation officer Jamie Simpson and their program Tackle6 as the wellbeing message partner.

Simpson will speak with all the teams about his experiences in high level rugby league, as well as provide information on social media, bullying and other issues affecting youth.

Southern Cross Austereo's Give Me 5 For Kids Charity will also be a beneficiary with the hotly-contested charity touch football match to feature once again.

Further information, including nomination forms, will be available in the new year.

If you have any further enquiries, contact Michael Fletcher on 0428 113 148 or

More about the Tackle6 program

The Tackle6 program aims to use rugby league as a vehicle to address six major issues that hinder a student's ability to learn in a primary or high school setting. Over the course of six sessions (six tackles), students will learn the following:

Tackle 1 - Communication
Tackle 2 - Leadership
Tackle 3 - Literacy
Tackle 4 - Self-Awareness
Tackle 5 - Teamwork
Tackle 6 - Anti-Bullying

The key points of the Tackle6 program are:

  • Focusing on six potential problem areas that may hinder student learning abilities
  • Student progress is analysed, and reports are developed to highlight problem areas
  • Tackle6 actively engages students and encourages interaction between all students
  • The program runs over a six-week period in which student skills are developed
  • It provides a comfortable environment for students to understand one another