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Mini Maroons: Video extraordinaire keeping families across the game

A young livestreaming enthusiast is making sure parents and families at Beaudesert Kingfishers can enjoy games whenever they want.

Elijah Talbot started recording his brother Caleb's games a few years ago, which has since developed into streaming every day of home games for the junior and senior club.

Elijah's dad Dan, who volunteers as a first aid officer, said his son had been learning plenty of technical tricks along the way, helping him with other opportunities outside rugby league.

"He gets there at 'sparrow' with me at like 7am and sets his gear up and I set up the medical stuff and then we're sort of there till the end of the day and the little trooper doesn't really get a break because between games it's pretty tight," Talbot said.

"Thankfully his sister will bring him over a feed from the canteen, where mum's working, and he gets to have his hot chips and Coke and his lollies and that keeps him going."

He said Elijah, who was given the club's junior clubman of the year award last year, didn't initially realise how important his role was.

"Even when we first started, before we were live streaming the games and just recording them, all the FIFO dads were just loving it because they actually got to see their boys play," Talbot said.

Elijah Talbot receiving his clubman of the year award last year.
Elijah Talbot receiving his clubman of the year award last year.

"Then when we could live stream it, they could watch it in real time or when they finished their shift.

"And that's where I think a lot of people have underestimated the lifestyle we've got now with the FIFOs and other shift workers and stuff like that, it's hard to go see your kids play and you don't realise that until someone gets the chance to say thank you. He didn't realise what an impact it was having on families, which was great."

Ipswich Under 12 girls program proves a hit once again

A number of girls around Ipswich have tried rugby league for the first time this year as part of a five-week program held to introduce girls aged 10-12 to the game. 

The sessions were held at Laidley, Goodna, Fassifern, Karalee and North Ipswich Reserve, consisting of targeted warm-ups, modified Tackle Ready drills, skills and finishing with some games. 

The last session was to feature matches under special guest coaches, but the weather intervened. Thankfully Ipswich Jets came to the rescue and opened their gym for the girls, allowing NRL game development staff to put together a bunch of fun activities.

Between 25-35 girls attended each session, which Ipswich league and club coordinator Jen Neal said was promising.

“About 70 per cent of those registered did not play club rugby league this year and only a handful play at school," she said.

"Getting out there and providing a platform for the girls in this age bracket to sign up next season and hopefully continue playing is our goal."

South East teams go far and wide for carnival season

A number of junior teams from the region have been making big trips around the state for an array of carnivals.

The Paul Bowman Challenge in Proserpine was a big one for a team of Beenleigh Pride under 9s.

The team played eight games over the weekend and won them all, having a blast along the way.

Good luck to all teams visiting all parts of Queensland for upcoming carnivals.

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