With excitement levels across the state through the roof for this weekend's Activate! Queensland Country Week, the small town of Tully is also buzzing to host the annual North Queensland United versus Queensland Outback clash.
But not only will the event feature the highly-anticipated matchup which also includes the inaugural women's contest between the two proud regions; it will showcase the magnificent contribution First Nations people have made to the game of rugby league and what the beautiful Cassowary Coast region has to offer.
Through support from Tourism and Events Queensland, the day will feature traditional dancers from both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as well as Art Exhibitions and painting from some local First Nations people.
Tully will also host Far North Queensland Rugby League junior fixtures and the under 18, Reserve Grade and A Grade clash between the local Tigers and Ivanhoes Knights, in addition to the two games between the two remote and rural community teams.
Highlights: North Queensland United v Queensland Outback
QRL North region manager and Indigenous Advisory Committee co-chair Scott Nosworthy said the super Saturday in Tully is a great opportunity to celebrate indigenous culture.
"This Saturday in Tully is more than just about the game of rugby league. It is about developing a deeper connection with our communities and the cultures that make it so great," Nosworthy said.
"There will be five games of quality rugby league with people from the Cape and Torres Strait Islands right through to the Gulf, Central West and South West; as well as locals from the Cairns region.
"There will also be traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancing, traditional painting and an exhibition of indigenous art.
"Thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland, we have been able to put on a reconciliation event everyone should be proud to attend and be part of."
The event kicks off Saturday, July 17 from 9am at the Tully Showgrounds.
|9am||Under 6-16||FNQRL junior games|
|1.20pm||Under 18||Tully Tigers v Ivanhoes Knights|
|2.50pm||Women's||North Queensland United v Queensland Outback|
|4pm||Reserve Grade||Tully Tigers v Ivanhoes Knights|
|5.40pm||Men's||North Queensland United v Queensland Outback|
|7.10pm||A Grade||Tully Tigers v Ivanhoes Knights|
North Queensland United v Queensland Outback team lists
North Queensland United
1. Kodi Wright-Ross 2. Marisse Bee 3. Brittany Crampton 4. Layota Billy 5. Ruth Neliman 6. Makayla Dalton 7. Nahlani Ahkit 8. Emmy Gallagher 9. Laschaya Body 10. Sarah Sailor 11. Alexis Mow 12. Simone Carter 13. Ella-Faye Hosea-Peters 14. Moira Hosea 15. Shakiah Douglas 16. Natasha Brunne 17. Nikita Aitkens-Kums 18. Sila Guligo 19. Alion Guligo
Coach: Thomas Loban
1. Daniella Mudu 2. Leonie May 3. Danielle Sladden 4. Kailah Rogers 5. Amber Abell 6. Jamie-Lee Coward 7. Reeghyn Beardmore 8. Tilda Olsson 9. Peyton Storch 10. Maddison Hegarty 11. Chelsea Griffin 12. Brittney Smith 13. Nadia Hoad 14. Kimberley Saunders 15. Antonia Hendry-Ratima 16. Abbie West 17. Caitlin Steel 18. Karma Kelly 19. Samantha Bond
Coach: John Buttigieg
North Queensland United
1. Jarvis George 2. Willian Meliman 3. Ezra Charlie 4. Budhagi Gibuma 5. Jamaine Gibuma 6. Clay George 7. Brendan Magala 8. Lurick Sowden 9. Ronald Woosup 10. Anton Joseph 11. Kevin Bell 12. Windsor Bowie 13. Aaron Binawell 14. Nabaina Sailor 15. Harry Kris 16. Des Armstong 17. Zengrey Nona 18. Tabua Woosup
Coach: Terence Yusia
1. Zeik Thompson 2. Jack Radnedge 3. Coby Fechner 4. Jackson Shelswell 5. Ben Raiwalui 6. Oliver Peak 7. Thomas Packer 8. John Russo 9. Joseph Packer 10. Kurt Rowbotham 11. Diega Teaukura 12. Sam Cunningham 13. Khan Ladbrook 14. Lachlan Pollock 15. Jayden Baker 16. Charles Aitken 17. Spencer Snelling 19. Harvey Wright
Coach: Wayne Collie