It’s a buzz with Police-And no it’s not a bust or a crime spree – It’s the annual Arthur Beetson Foundation Outback Cup organised by the QRL Outback in partnership with the QPS Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural).
The Towns’ abuzz with rugby league this weekend as the event gets underway to promote healthy life choices and careers in the Queensland Police Service and the League.
The carnival has attracted 120 young players from Mornington Island in the North West to Cunnamulla in the South West. The NRL and QRL are both represented at the event and have travelled with the police contingent to Tambo, Barcaldine and Blackall schools to engage the kids and hold coaching clinics.
The Queensland Police Service Rugby League Association has also sent out an invitational team to play a local Charleville, Cunnamulla and Blackall Districts ‘Western Ringers’ team on Saturday afternoon at 4pm as a finale to the Juniors competition and a curtain raiser to the local A Grade game Saturday night.
Detective Inspector Mick Dowie says one of the Service’s own is the star attraction and proving popular with the crowd.
“Senior Constable Stephanie Hancock who is stationed in the Logan area and is also the co-captain of the mighty Australian Jillaroo’s women’s rugby league team who won the World Cup. The kids flock to meet Steph, especially the aspiring young female players.”
He says the enthusiasm of the QRL, NRL and QPS players and representatives is very motivating.
“We hope these kids can see the support and opportunities the League and the Police offers them.”
“The Blackall Tambo Regional Council and the local footy club ‘The Magpies’ members have been fantastic in preparing for and hosting the event. These rural communities are struggling with drought and we are extremely thankful for their support and that of their sponsors. We hope our presence gives support to local business and an enjoyable weekend of footy and entertainment.”
“I would like to personally thank Brad Beetson of the Arthur Beetson Foundation for their ongoing sponsorship of these annual events.”