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XXXX Foley Shield: Everything you need to know

The XXXX Foley Shield returns bigger and better in 2023 with some stacked teams to mark 75 years since the carnival began.

The carnival is named after north Queensland rugby league pioneer Arch Foley, who was pivotal in establishing the game in Townsville and dipped into his own pocket so a grandstand could be built for the fans to watch.

This year the shield will be handed over in the shadows of the grandstand at Barlow Park in Cairns, one of the rare occasions it has not been decided in Townsville.

In the men’s competition, Cairns has assembled a strong squad and will be looking to put on a show for the home crowd in the face of challenges from Mackay and reigning XXXX Foley Shield and XXXX League Championship holders Townsville, who have plenty with Hostplus Cup experience.

The men’s winner of the XXXX Foley Shield will earn the right to progress straight through to the XXXX League Championship final, in which they will head south to face either the winner of the XXXX Chairman’s Challenge (South East) or XXXX 47th Battalion (Central) carnivals.

The women’s competition will see Mackay – both teams playing under the Sea Eagles banner in 2023 – attempt to defend their title with Townsville and Cairns hot on their tail.

XXXX Foley Shield key information


Saturday, April 29 until Monday, May 1


Barlow Park, Cairns

Match duration

Men’s – 2 x 40-minute halves

Women’s – 2 x 35-minute halves


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Saturday, April 29

When What Who Match officials
5pm Women Cairns v Mackay Andrew Edmonds, Nicholas Bowyer, Kaden Tindall
6.30pm Men Cairns v Mackay Peter MacKinnon, Conor Wilson, Guy Millar

Sunday, April 30

When What Who Match officials
11.30am Women Mackay v Townsville Nicholas Bowyer, Kaden Tindall, Andrew Edmonds
1pm Men Mackay v Townsville Conor Wilson, Kurt Sheather, Jeff Archer

Monday, May 1

When What Who Match officials
12.30pm Women Cairns v Townsville Jeff Archer, Tyler Gillam, Brock Innes
2pm Men Cairns v Townsville Guy Millar, Alan Bain, Andrew Edmonds

Men's squads


Aaron Jolley, Adam Hepworth, Aiden Day, Ammiel Harris, Baptiste Fabre, Ben Barba, Bradley Stephen, Brandon Tatipata, Budughi Gibuma, Dallas Skardon, Davin Crampton, Eddie Daniel, Ernest Suavai, Falcon Peni, Isiah Wigness, Jason Hallie, Joey Ratuvakacerereivu, Joey Wigness, Justin Timu, Lachlan Braun, Lewis Mene, Noel Underwood, Rhylee Herd, Ryan Magua, Taniela Taufoou, Tualata Fakalelu, Trezman Banjo, Will Messa, Zachery Mossman.

Coach: Jono Zangrande


Jesse Pomare-Anderson, Farron Morris, John Cullen, Joseph Boyce, Kalifa Faifai-Loa, Nicholas Brown, Sione Lousi, Dylan White, Matthew Wright, Mckenzie Baker, Robert Lui, Maverick Pegoraro, Joseph Munro, Harry McQueen, Josh Radford, Dylan Gaggiano, Andrew Niemoller, Joel Marama, Michael Carroll, Curtis Dempsey, Jack Johnson, Joey Jensen, Jordan Ah-One Remfrey, Samuel Murphy, Shaun Nona, Jaelen Feeney, Declan Dowson, Nathan Traill, George Iasey, Braydon Ross

Coach: Matt Bowen


Brandon Jackonia, Walter Lauenstein, Tyler Holmes, Harley Proctor, Hayden Pace, Liam Taylor, Luke Fletcher, Matolu Laumea, Kyle Barnwell, Josh Honan, Jackson Phillips, Tom Dwan, Tom Irelandes, Bryon Taylor, John Schwalger, Cody Kynaston, Andrew Dunkley, Hamilton Tai, Connor McDermott

Coaches: Tom Heggi, Brendan Carter



Aerielle Hobbler, Agnes Solomon, Ashleigh Sushames, Ashlyn Skeene, Brittany
Crampton, Chloe Buttigieg, Debra Toby, Etuina Suavai, Genavie Tabui, Igarie Ahmat, Indianna Tillet, Jarketta Smith, Kaiyla Ward, Kerrilee Lampton, LaSchaya Body, Montana Mook, Stephanie Barns, Tanisha Ahmat, Teesha Potts, Timekka Hunting

Coach: John Buttigieg


Stella Abbott, Jahntae Mara, Chloe Watson, Shanaye Watson, Alexandra Scott, Shania Capper, Kazzia Lammon, Zanniah Baker, Jordii Mahendrarajah, Lyzarah Mairu, Mateeka Neilson, Janaye Williams, Teneal Baker, Eryn McCulloch, Shilah Caulton, Maddison Hegarty, Hannah DeDaunton, Jairel Martin-Savage, Jaydan Mattingley, Sian Williams, Logan Roncato, Taneisha Bulgarelli

Coach: Rothana Baira

Mackay are the defending women's Foley Shield champions.
Mackay are the defending women's Foley Shield champions.


Adele Ginns, Chelsea McLeod, Ciara Thomson, Clarissa Baira, Emily Bella, Eve Doull, Fallhyn King, Jaquelyn Oberleuter, Jasmine Walters, Kaitlin Daley, Kayla Shepherd, Keegan Irelandes, Layla Fauid, Melody Tass, Nea Robinson, Olivia Hamilton, Pani Rupapere, Suyen Kawatt, Tahnee Guinea, Tina Hancock, Xanthe Topping

Coaches: Josh Stowers, Jimmy Ahmat

Squads correct as of Wednesday, April 26 at 5pm.

Acknowledgement of Country

Queensland Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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