Former rugby league great Petero Civoniceva will pay a second visit to Charleville and Cunnamulla in February with a team of Queensland and national rugby league staff.
The QRL and NRL are partnering with the region’s community and government-backed HOPE Project to sponsor the visit during the upcoming Adrian Vowles Cup carnival in Charleville.
Petro and the QRL games development team will attend the Cup at Charleville on 23–24 February. They will then host a series of fitness, coaching and social events for the local community and local schools at Charleville on 25 February, Cunnamulla on 26 February and back at Charleville on 27 February.
These events will include a community barbecue at 12.30 pm at the Charleville Showgrounds on 25 February and a similar event in front of the Town Hall at Cunnamulla on 26 February.
The Adrian Vowles Cup has a strong history-Inspired by Charleville-born Adrian – who was recently the coach of the Queensland rugby league women’s State of Origin team.
It has grown from a three-team competition during the first Cup in 2014, to 22 male and female teams today and attracts participants from throughout southern Queensland.
Murweh Shire Councillor Shaun Radnedge – who has been a strong supporter and co-organiser of the Adrian Vowles Cup – says it was great to know that organisations like the QRL, NRL and HOPE Project were keen to support activities like the Cup.
“Getting access to NRL game development officers and people like QRL Welfare Officer Trish Drummond is a great outcome for us. This year, we have 20 male teams and two female teams coming to Charleville for the Cup. This is great for Charleville and the surrounding area.”
“What is exciting is that this year, the girls will be actually trialling for selection in the Southern Outback team which will play against a Northern Outback team in Blackall in May.”
The Junior Rugby League will also hold their Sign on Day on the Sunday.
HOPE is a partnership between the South West Hospital and Health Service, the Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health, the Paroo and Murweh shire councils, police and the Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Community Health.
The project is designed to address the particular needs of the Charleville and Cunnamulla communities by creating locally tailored programs to address social disadvantage and alcohol and drug abuse issues, including ice, among young people.