Search on for carnival team
DANIEL Nancarrow wants to see more local talent seize the big opportunities rugby league can bring. And he has a plan. With Central Queensland’s Indigenous Development’s Reconciliation Carnival coming up next April, the 23-year-old wants to pull together and manage a squad to form the foundations for a new development group.
“The Reconciliation Carnival is about everyone coming together, across all cultures,” he said.
“There are 16 teams and they come from all over, even Palm Island.
“It’s also a great opportunity to get noticed, especially for younger players. There aren’t a lot of opportunities like that around here.”
Mr Nancarrow played for the Eidsvold All Blacks at the Reconciliation Carnival last year and said it was one of the best league experiences anyone could ever have.
“I loved it. The atmosphere and the brotherhood were the best. You meet people from all over,” he said.
There is already a committee made up of coach Malcolm Brown, support staff Cassius Collins, Clayton Paulson, David Nancarrow, Shane Curtis and ThomasWest, as well as another manager Trish Collins waiting in the wings to supervise next year’s team.
But they are still looking for interested players to make up the 25-man squad.
“We want to make this into an ongoing development thing,” he said.
“We want to have training camps, and start developing some of the kids from the Central Burnett juniors to train with us.
“Depending on the success of this carnival we hope to enter a women’s side next year. The only requirement is the person’s heart has to be in this area.”
All players will be provided with a playing kit and accommodation for the Rockhampton carnival from April 4–5.
Training will be in Eidsvold and Mr Nancarrow said he would be grateful for any community support.
“We are looking for any sponsorship to help us get started with kits and balls, things like that, because we are starting from nothing,” he said.
“This is all about trying to get kids to strive for that next thing.
“But I really want to thank everyone for the support they have given already. I probably would be in a mental home if it wasn’t for Trish in particular.”
Any interested players or community groups should contact Mr Nancarrow through the Central Burnett United Facebook page.
BIG PLANS: Daniel Nancarrow, who played for the Eidsvold All Blacks at the Reconciliation Carnival last year, is organising a Central Burnett team for 2015.