Search on for car­ni­val team

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

PHO­TOS: EMILY SMITH

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.

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