The dates for the next Queensland Murri Carnival, supported by the Arthur Beetson Foundation, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, Deadly Choices and Queensland Rugby League, have been announced.
The 2020 event, originally scheduled to run in September, has been postponed and will instead take place at the home of the Redcliffe Dolphins from January 18-23, 2021.
Sanctioned by the QRL, the carnival is about more than just the game of rugby league and places a major focus on health, vocation and education.
As per previous years, the carnival will be a smoke, drug, alcohol and sugar-free event and all players will be required to complete a “health check” in order to participate.
Junior players must also have attained a 90 per cent school attendance rate.
“It's awesome that is going ahead and we are very grateful for the QRL's cooperation and assistance,” Arthur Beetson Foundation chair Steven Johnson said.
The upcoming event will be the 10th staging of the Queensland Murri Carnival which was first held back in 2011 at Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast.
Adding to the celebrations is the fact the 2020 carnival will be take place during the week of the birthday of the late, great Arthur Beetson.
“Good comes from bad and so it is with our being to have the 2020 carnival in January in the week of Arthur's birthday,” Johnson said.
“The great man would be very proud to see the carnival that he helped Tony Currie start reach the level that it has.”
Celebrations will begin with the Junior Murri Carnival for under 6, under 8, under 10 and under 12 age groups (boys and girls will play together in each division with no registered teams) and will be followed by the Queensland Murri Carnival for the under 13, under 15 and under 17 boys divisions and under 15 and under 17 girls divisions. The carnival will wrap up with the men’s and women’s divisions.
Due to the current environment in relation to COVID-19, an event of this scale will be subject to public health advice and all community members attending the QMC will have to adhere to the COVIDSafe Plan if one has to be implemented by the QMC Committee.
More information can be found here.
The 2021 Queensland Murri Carnival is also scheduled to go ahead during the traditional late September / early October timeframe, but will depend on the Intrust Super Cup.