The best car­ni­val in ju­nior foot­ball

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

THE field is again burst­ing at the seams at this year’s Gor­den Tal­lis Cup.

The un­der- 10 ju­nior rugby league ex­trav­a­ganza starts this morn­ing, and like last year has at­tracted the max­i­mum 64 teams from as far away as Bris­bane, Charleville and Mt Isa.

A strong south­east Queens­land pres­ence will be felt at the two- day tour­na­ment, with teams such as Bris­bane Brothers and Ip­swich Hor­nets mak­ing the trip north.

In their way is a host of strong lo­cal teams, in­clud­ing Townsville Brothers, West­ern Lions and United Sub­urbs.

Palm Is­land will show­case their tal­ent this week­end, hav­ing been drawn in a pool group in­clud­ing Cen­trals Gold and In­n­is­fail Cow­boys.

Teams from Bowen, the Bur­dekin, Her­bert River and Char­ters Tow­ers will also take part in seven pool groups.

Gor­den Tal­lis will be present through­out the week­end and will sign au­to­graphs and pose for pho­tos.

“I thor­oughly en­joy be­ing part of the week­end, I re­ally do,” Tal­lis said, who played his ju­nior footy with Cen­trals.

“I re­mem­ber be­ing part of car­ni­vals like this when I was a young fella and how much fun it was play­ing with your mates.

“It’s also ex­cit­ing for the teams who get to travel.

“Get­ting on a bus with your young teammates and play­ing in a car­ni­val to­gether, there’s noth­ing like it.”

Games kick off to­day and to­mor­row from 8.30am, with grand fi­nals be­ing played to­mor­row from 3pm.

League leg­end Gor­den Tal­lis.

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