Sandow a thrill for indige­nous car­ni­val

For­mer NRL star at knock­out event

The Northern Star - - SPORT - Mitchell Craig mitchell.craig@north­ern­star.com.au

FOR­MER NRL half­back Chris Sandow played for Cubawee Con­nec­tions at the Lis­more Abo­rig­i­nal rugby league knock­out car­ni­val at Crozier Field, Lis­more at the week­end.

He is no stranger to knock­out rugby league and joins Pre­ston Camp­bell, Al­bert Kelly and Edrick Lee to have played at the car­ni­val in re­cent years.

The Cubawee team also in­cluded for­mer Gold Coast, Manly and Par­ra­matta centre Esi Tonga.

“It’s al­ways good to have a run and I’ve been play­ing at th­ese sort of car­ni­vals since I was 15,” Sandow said.

“I’m from Cher­bourg with Esi Tonga who has an in-law in the team and that’s how we ended up here.

“We got a lot of young and fast boys in this team so it’s all good.”

Sandow played eight years in the NRL and is now play­ing at Norths Devils in Bris­bane after a stint with the War­ring­ton Wolves in the English Su­per League.

“I re­ally missed home but I did en­joy my time in Eng­land,” Sandow said.

Twenty teams took part over two days of com­pe­ti­tion which also in­cluded women’s games yes­ter­day.

New team Tommy Gun memorial side was formed in hon­our of Thomas Ran­dall.

Ran­dall was a tal­ented young full­back from North­ern United who died dur­ing the sea­son last year.

Tommy Gun came up against an ex­pe­ri­enced Muli Muli side who were too good in their open­ing game.

Tommy Gun cap­tain Tyler Wil­liams said: “We got a young side to­gether and wanted to have a run for him.

“We’re a mix­ture of his mates from around here and other fam­ily,” Wil­liams said.

“He’s sorely missed by ev­ery­one and that’s the rea­son why we wanted to­gether and do some­thing for him.

“It was al­ways go­ing to be tough first year in for a young side but we’re hop­ing to get to­gether and make it an an­nual thing.”

Else­where, Bal­lina ju­nior and cur­rent Manly centre Brian Kelly played for Cab­bage Tree Is­land for a sec­ond straight year.

Cab­bage Tree Is­land proved too strong for Casino All Blacks in the fi­nal.

There was no short­age of tal­ent in the Cab­bage Tree Is­land side with Trevor Bolt, Kayan Davis, Brett Kelly, Clarence Kelly and Nikko Roberts in the back­line.

Davis was a stand­out again and played in a win­ning team for a sec­ond straight year after he was player of the tour­na­ment for Tweed Con­nex­ions last year.

Cab­bage Tree Is­land also had a handy for­ward pack, with Roy Bell at hooker, and sec­ond-row­ers Djaan Jar­rett, Al­wyn Roberts and Justin Shillingsworth.

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was al­ways go­ing to be tough first year in for a young side

PHOTOS: MITCHELL CRAIG

ABOVE: Dunghutti Bron­cos front-rower Dion Marr carts the ball up for his side at the Lis­more Abo­rig­i­nal rugby league knock­out car­ni­val on Satur­day.

BOT­TOM LEFT: Cab­bage Tree Is­land lock Jeremy Roberts.

TOP LEFT: Bund­jalung Eels lock Eli­jah Simp­son makes a charge down the side­line.

BOT­TOM RIGHT: For­mer NRL player Chris Sandow comes off for a break after play­ing with Cubawee.

TOP RIGHT: Lis­more Wan­der­ers half­back Jef­frey Swan.

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