Local rugby league players will go up against some of the best in Queensland and Northern New South Wales in 2023.
McAuley College has been invited to attend the prestigious Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League Confraternity Carnival in Brisbane next June.
Big 2023 for schoolboy rugby league
McAuley College is gearing up for its best schoolboy rugby league season yet after being selected for the 2023 Confraternity Carnival in Brisbane.
The Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League (QISSRL) competition is widely regarded as the preeminent schoolboy rugby league carnival in Australia and many past players have gone on to play NRL.
McAuley College has been building its rugby league program for six years with great success.
Each year, the senior team participates in the South East Colleges Association competition, which includes games against much larger colleges in Brisbane, and in the last two years they have only been defeated once.
Due to their success at that level, McAuley College has been invited to participate in the 2023 Confraternity Carnival.
They have received strong support from local businesses including Cliff Kroesen from Kroesen and Co Lawyers, who has committed to continuing his sponsorship of the team’s playing jerseys.
The Confraternity Carnival has been running since 1980 under the auspice of QISSRL and gathers Catholic and Independent schools from across Queensland and Northern NSW, contesting games over four playing days in the first week of the June school holidays.
Assistant Principal David Harris said being invited to the Confraternity Carnival was significant for McAuley College.
“I have been involved in taking eight teams to the carnival from a previous school and can attest to it being a challenging but very rewarding week for the students,” he said.
“It challenges them as they play two games a day and then need to back it up and play the next day.
“To be invited to such a prestigious rugby league carnival, that has a long waiting list of schools, highlights the strong sporting reputation McAuley College is building.
“It is wonderful to have such strong community support of the team. The boys, whilst being very competitive, always conduct themselves in a respectful manner and are a credit to the Scenic Rim community.”