NORTHERN CHALLENGE: Swifts junior rugby league players are in Townsville this weekend for the Gordon Tallis Cup.
NORTHERN CHALLENGE: Swifts junior rugby league players are in Townsville this weekend for the Gordon Tallis Cup. Inga Williams

Bluebirds bound for Townsville

FIFTEEN lucky Ipswich junior rugby league players will be in action in Townsville this weekend, competing for the Gorden Tallis Cup.

Setting out on the long bus ride north yesterday, the group of Under 10 Swifts Bluebirds junior were given the chance to test their skills against new opponents thanks to fundraising by the club.

Organiser Ross Allwood said the opportunity was about more than winning football games.

“It’s to create some team building and for something for the juniors in the club to look forward to,” Allwood said. “This is the age where you start creating real bonds within the team and if you start creating a nucleus in your team it helps retain players.

“It’s also about getting new players to come over who want to share in the same experience. It’s something everyone in the club is excited about.”

A former rugby league player himself, Allwood said the friendships made on the football field can set a young boy or girl up for life.

“I have mates all over Queensland from playing football,” he said. “Having those good friendships help in the team but also in the workplace.

“It shows you can work in a group and keeps the kids active and outside the house. Instead of sitting in front of a computer screen.”

With 64 teams in the tournament, there will be players from across Queensland and NSW attending.

The two-day competition will split the teams into pool groups, with each team playing seven games before the finals kick off on Sunday.

“We are trying to set it up that every year we send a team to the competition,” Allwood said.

“Trophies are good, but at the end of the day it’s about the experience.

“It’s two-days of games and the trip itself will be a great chance for the team to make some great friends and it would be great to see this encourage more juniors to join Swifts and take part.

“Hopefully one day these guys will go away to representative carnivals and this should give them a good introduction.”

Named after the former Brisbane Bronco powerhouse, the Gordon Tallis Cup will celebrate it’s 15th annual tournament in collaboration with Townsville and Districts Junior Rugby League.



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