Team re­turn from rugby tour­na­ment with top hon­ours

North West Telegraph - - Front Page -

The Pil­bara’s best rugby play­ers won top hon­ours at a re­cent two-day tour­na­ment in Ku­nunurra.

It was the first time a team from the Pil­bara, the Kurrsi 9s Me­mo­rial team, had been nom­i­nated to par­tic­i­pate in the an­nual Ku­nunurra 9s Rugby League tour­na­ment, on Septem­ber 23-24.

About 200 play­ers com­peted in the com­pe­ti­tion, which fea­tured eight men’s teams and five women’s touch teams.

Com­peti­tors trav­elled from all over the North West, in­clud­ing Broome, Halls Creek, Ku­nunurra, Kather­ine, and Port Hed­land.

Hot and very hu­mid weather conditions were no de­ter­rent for the Kurrsi 9s Me­mo­rial team, who were de­feated in only one game through­out the whole tour­na­ment, against the Kather­ine Cow­boys, go­ing down by a two-point loss 17 -15.

On the sec­ond day, Kurrsi 9s Me­mo­rial Team showed a lot of char­ac­ter and skills, win­ning their last pool game against Ku­nunurra Ea­gles, with a score of 34-4 tak­ing them di­rectly into the grand fi­nal, meet­ing the Kather­ine Cow­boys again.

In a spec­tac­u­lar grand fi­nal, the me­mo­rial team de­feated the Kather­ine Cow­boys with a 28-11 vic­tory and clean­ing up at the tour­na­ment.

Ear­lier this year, the Me­mo­rial 9s Rugby League Team was formed in recog­ni­tion and re­spect for late Mimia Larry Sr, who was well known in the Pil­bara for his hard work and ded­i­ca­tion in the Pil­bara re­gion and com­mu­nity.

The team name “Kurrsi”, which means Ham­mer­head Shark, is a tra­di­tional fam­ily totem of the Mimia Larry (Sr) from the Kul­kal­gal Group of the Tor­res Strait Is­lands.

Hed­land Touch As­so­ci­a­tions’ Shakira Levi said the team’s suc­cess was a sig­nif­i­cant and his­toric event.

“Mimia was a strong, proud Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der El­der who was very proud of his cul­ture and wanted to show­case it to ev­ery­one,” she said.

“He had a strong con­nec­tion and ut­most re­spect for the Tra­di­tional Own­ers of this land, the Kari­yarra Peo­ple,” she said.

Ku­nunurra 9s was first held in 2015 and has since at­tracted hun­dreds of rugby fa­nat­ics to the town to bat­tle it out.

Pic­tures: Landi Brad­shaw Pho­tog­ra­phy Ku­nunurra

Kurrsi 9s Me­mo­rial Team be­fore the game.

Kurrsi 9s Me­mo­rial team in Ku­nunurra for the com­pe­ti­tion.

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