“But importantly, there’s plenty of healthy food around the place and I think the big thing is we can all get together and meet and see people we haven’t seen for a long time.
“To have something like this and promote important health messages at the Murri Carnival is great, as we promote the benefits of living healthy”.
League legend Steve Renouf told NITV’s League Nation Live
Some boys from Murri United under 15’s team finished doing a Tobacco Survey! Thanks boys
The 2016 Murri Carnival will showcase Queensland Indigenous Rugby League at its best, but also provide an important health message to all involved.
The Murri Carnival is not just about Rugby League, with plenty of events happening away from the footy field.
League legend Steve Renouf is an ambassador for the carnival and will have two of his sons participating in the junior tournament.
Whilst the Queensland and Australian star is happy to play a part in the Rugby League showcase, he’s also thrilled to be making an impact on the health of many Indigenous Australians.
Organisers have ensured that the event is a drug, smoke, alcohol and sugar free carnival as well as providing free health checks, with plenty of fun stuff as well for the younger at heart.
“There’s a lot of fun stuff happening around the ground with rides and that for the kids,” Renouf told NITV’s League Nation Live.
The Murri Carnival is already underway, but the Senior Men’s and Women’s competitions begin on Wednesday at Redcliffe Oval in Queensland.
Unlike the New South Wales equivalent, the Murri Carnival isn’t a knockout tournament, with each team guaranteed three matches.
Renouf says the fact that teams play a pool format gives the Murri Carnival a significant boost over its Koori Knockout rival.
“That’s very important I think when you’ve got guys from all over the state, they don’t want to just play a game and be knocked out, that’s it,” said Renouf.
“There are some very good players amongst those playing and we do have scouts here. Even if you’re not going to be in the team that wins the competition, you still get the opportunity to show your wares.”