The Queensland Police Service was proud to be a part of the Arthur Beetson Outback Carnival again this year which was held on the 19th and 20th May 2017 in the beautiful town of Cloncurry.
Junior players attending this carnival travelled from outback towns right around Queensland such as Mitchell, Morven, Charleville, Quilpie, Cunnamulla, Augathella, Tambo, Blackall, Barcaldine, Aramac, Ilfracombe, Longreach, Winton, Doomadgee, Normanton, Mount Isa and the local Cloncurry boys.
The carnival was completed with a dinner and awards for man of the match and the presentation of the Arthur Beetson shield which was presented by Brad Beetson. The Queensland Outback Junior Representative sides for Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 were also named. These representative teams will attend the 2017 Glyn Rees City-Country Cultural Exchange carnival at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast on June 23 to 25. Congratulations to all players over the weekend and well done to those selected in the representative sides.
A highlight of the carnival was the feature game played between the Queensland Police Representative team and the Northern Invitational A Grade Outback side. This was a good hard played game which ended in a 24 all draw. The Queensland Police Representative side took some time out to attend local schools whilst in Cloncurry on Friday 19 May and conduct skills clinics and talk to the kids.
Over the course of the carnival the Queensland Police Service was in attendance with Police Recruiting, Crime Prevention and Detectives from the Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) to discuss career opportunities with the players and members of the community. This is a great partnership between the QPS and QRL. Players and members of the community were given the opportunity to mix with serving Police Officers who promoted the opportunities in country Policing for both young men and women.
The weekend was a huge success and congratulations must go out to the QRL Outback committee along with the Arthur Beetson Foundation, Brad Beetson, Geoff Orman as well as Detective Inspector Mick Dowie State Coordinator for MOCS (Rural) for their time in putting together a great weekend of Rugby League.