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WYNNUM?S WEEKEND OF CHAMPIONS
WYNNUM Manly will host a two-day festival of football next June, with BMD Kougari Oval awarded three major Queensland Rugby League representative events on the one weekend.
In a bold initiative, the QRL has combined the annual XXXX City v Country clash with the State Divisional Championships and the Outback v Brisbane Second Division exhibition match.
The schedule will create a carnival-type celebration of rugby league by the Bayside, as well as providing greater exposure for players involved, both in the eyes of selectors and the media.
Over the same weekend (June 23-24, 2007) there will be no matches played in the Queensland Wizard Cup, while the date falls more than a week either side of the second and third Harvey Norman State of Origin games.
?We believe the concept has merit on a number of fronts,? QRL Managing Director Ross Livermore said.
?Primarily we want to create an event of significance for rugby league ? one where the atmosphere befits the standard of football on display.
?Secondly, as all of our competitions are about providing opportunity, it ensures players can show their wares first-hand to the people that matter and that selectors and scouts can judge everyone equally.
?Wynnum Manly has a fantastic record for hosting representative matches and I have the utmost faith they will do the event proud.?
From the XXXX City Country game ? telecast live on ABC TV ? a Queensland Residents team will be selected to play before Origin III.
The State Divisional Championships and Outback v Brisbane Second Division games will form the basis of selection for the XXXX Queensland Rangers team, to play a quadrangular series featuring teams from interstate and abroad.
>> In other major news regarding representative appointments:
? Charleville has won the right to host the 2007 Outback Carnival, an event that gives opportunities to players in western and remote Queensland. ? Rockhampton will play host to the 2007 State Under 17 and Under 19 Carnivals, exhibiting the best youth talent in Queensland. QRL REPRESENTATIVE CALENDAR 2007
? Under 17 & Under 19 Carnival - 5 & 6 May Browne Park, Rockhampton
? Outback Carnival - 26 & 27 May Charleville
? City v Country - 23 June Kougari Oval, Wynnum
? Outback v 2nd Division - 23 June Kougari Oval, Wynnum
? A Grade Carnival - 23 & 24 June Kougari Oval, Wynnum
? Qld U19 v NSW U19 - 23 May Qld U19 Maroons v TBA Suncorp Stadium (Origin I)
? Qld U17 v NSW U17 - 13 June Telstra Stadium (Origin II)
? Qld Residents v NSW Residents - 4 July Suncorp Stadium (Origin III)
? Qld Rangers Quadrangular - 1 July ? 14 July Series Coffs Harbour & Port Macquarie