Gladstone's league youth on show on weekend
RUGBY LEAGUE: This weekend, the Central Region will host the annual combined Under 18 and 20 47th Battalion at Murgon.
In the second year of the new format, the carnival gives an opportunity to junior players who are not currently exposed to the state-wide Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup and Hasting Deering Colts elite competitions a chance to play high-level representative rugby league.
Teams from Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Roma, South Burnett, Toowoomba and the Queensland Outback will compete over the two days with an Under 18 and Under 20 Central Crows team selected at the end of the carnival to play SEQ on July 27 at Bishop Park.
QRL Central Region program manager Jodie Teys said she was looking forward to giving regional players an opportunity to play high-quality representative footy.
"As we saw last year, this carnival is a great opportunity for young players to participate at a representative level," Teys said.
"All players at the carnival have not had regular exposure to the Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup or Hastings Deering Colts as part of the QRL Major Competitions program.
"This allows players from regional areas who can't be part of those programs to really shine, just like the Roma Under 18s and South Burnett Under 20s did last year - both qualifying for their respective grand finals after strong carnivals.
"The carnival also allows our match officials to receive quality coaching and be exposed to a higher level competition."
Games start at 9am tomorrow and will conclude with the finals from 9am Sunday.
All games will live scored here on this LINK
Time Field 1 Field 2
9am Under 20 Game 1: Rockhampton v Gladstone U18 Toowoomba v Outback
10am Under 18 Game 2: Rockhampton v Sunshine Coast U20 Roma v Bundaberg
11am Under 20 Game 3: Toowoomba v Central Highlands U18 South Burnett v Gladstone
12pm Under 18 Game 4: Roma v Central Highlands U20 South Burnett v Outback
2pm Under 20 Game 5: Loser Game 1 v Loser Game 2 U18 Game 5: Loser Game 1 v Loser Game 2
3pm Under 18 Game 6: Loser Game 3 v Loser Game 4 U20 Game 6: Loser Game 3 v Loser Game 4
4pm Under 20 Game 7: Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2 U18 Game 7: Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
5pm Under 18 Game 8: Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4 U20 Game 8: Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4
Time Field 1 Field 2
9am Under 18 Plate Final: Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6 U20 Game 9: Loser Game 5 v Loser Game 6
10am Under 20 Plate Final: Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6 U18 Game 9: Loser Game 5 v Loser Game 6
11am Under 18 Trophy Final: Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 8 U20 Game 10: Loser Game 7 v Loser Game 8
12pm Under 20 Trophy Final: Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 8 U18 Game 10: Loser Game 7 v Loser Game 8
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