NINE’S CARNIVAL: JRL will start at M’bah on Saturday.
NINE’S CARNIVAL: JRL will start at M’bah on Saturday. Scott Powick

Season opener with traditional footy carnival

FOOTY season is almost upon us with the first carnival of the year, the Group 18 Nine’s tournament, set to get underway at Murwillumbah tomorrow.

The internationals tournament, first introduced last year, will be played at the home ground of the Murwillumbah Colts JRL, and see all nine clubs from the Group 18 JRL battle it out to become age champions and champion club. About 32 teams, fielding sides from under 13s to the under 16s, will be involved on the day, fighting it out for their share of $4000 in BLK dollars donated by the league sponsor.

Group 18 publicity officer Anna Bourne said games would consist of two nine-minute halves, with a one-minute turn around at half time.

“It will be very fast-paced football,” Ms Bourne said.

“It is a great way for anyone not sure if they want their kids to play junior rugby league to come along and see how it is done and how well run the JRL is.”

Teams are allowed nine players on the field and up to 15 per team.

Clubs participating include Tugun, South Tweed, Seagulls, Bilambil, Cudgen, Raiders, Colts, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay-Lennox Head.

Cost is $3 per adult, with all proceeds to go towards the Group 18 JRL rep football program. Play runs between 9am–3pm, with finals after 3pm.



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