Townsville Bulletin

Undefeated Black Stars call for help ahead of Murri Carnival


UNDEFEATED since 2015, the Townsville Black Stars have establishe­d a formidable legacy at the Queensland Murri Carnival.

But now they need the community’s support to keep the streak alive.

Teams for the under-14s and under-16s are preparing to head to Brisbane for the September 20-22 Indigenous rugby league carnival, but are in need of funds to make the trip.

The carnival, a Deadly Choices initiative aimed at closing the gap among First Nations people in health and education outcomes, serves as a selection process for the Queensland Murri junior sides, with requiremen­ts put upon each prospectiv­e player.

Participan­ts must complete a 715 Health Check and maintain a 90 per cent school attendance record before taking on the challenge.

These guidelines focus on achieving better outcomes in health, education, sport and employment by developing strong leaders in the community through positive opportunit­ies and role modelling.

Black Stars team manager Terrence Whyte said for both teams and volunteers to attend it could be quite costly, with the kids involved spearheadi­ng a raffle drive and sausage sizzle on September 12 at Bunnings Domain Central.

He said while some business sponsorshi­p had come on board, continued assistance would be needed to ensure the young athletes are able to embrace everything the competitio­n has to offer.

“It’s about community participat­ion, and it’s an opportunit­y for these young fellas to get noticed as well,” Whyte said.

“They’ve been undefeated in every match since 2015.

“That’s a bit of a motivator for them to get in and participat­e, get involved and just think about how they can contribute in the game but also in their community.”

 ??  ?? Black Stars in action in 2018.
Black Stars in action in 2018.

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