Dragons junior carnival
MORE than 200 children from throughout the Cairns district participated in Douglas United’s annual carnival at Cassowary Park on Saturday.
Teams from Leichhardt, Redlynch, TAS, Marlin Coast, Stratford and the Southern Cross Strikers ventured north from Cairns and took part in a day highlighted by great skills and plenty of fun in the non-competitive games.
For the Douglas Under-6s this was their first taste of opposition teams as they, together with the Under-7s and Under-8s, normally play games at the club as a hub base.
The experienced Under-9s, Under10s and Under-11s showed skill, tenacity and courage with their endeavours with the Under-10s having the most successful day.
Many new friendships were made and grudge matches replayed.
Travelling players were impressed by the cane surrounds and natural valley setting of the club and grounds.
The playing fields were surrounded by tents and plenty of parental activity.
Douglas United is the first club carnival in the football season and is popular due to its timing at the beginning of the school holidays.
Supported by the Rainforest Habitat Port Douglas, the carnival has generated visitors who promised to return again next year.
Mini Dragons: Kai North, Luka Govorko on the ball, Jetson Parry, Oliver Staine and Jack Sampson watching on