Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan and NACCHO Deputy Chair Matty Cooke took time out in a very busy schedules to attend Friday nights NACCHO NRL Deadly Choices Challenge Cup a lead up event to the Indigenous All stars event .
With Federal Member for Moreton Graham Perrett to present the Winners trophy to QAIHC Argun Warriors NACCHO #deadlychoices Challenge cup Friday Night 8 February
Game report below
NACCHO CEO Lisa Biggs and Deputy chair Matty Cooke catching up with Kevin Rudd at All stars game
2013 NACCHO Deadly Choices Murri V Koori Challenge between the Argun Warriors (QLD) and Newcastle Yowies (NSW).
Match report By MARK BOUSEN Torres News
Badu’s Argun Warriors are now officially the best All Blacks rugby league side in Australia after defeating the Newcastle Yowies 28-24 in golden-point, extra-time in Brisbane on Friday night.
A try by Maipele Morseu, which started from inside their own half in the final minute of the first, five-minute period of extra time, carried the courageous Warriors to victory in the inter-state challenge.
The Warriors trailed the Yowies for most of the game – down 8-4 at 1/4 time, 20-10 at 1/2 time, 20-16 at 3/4 time, with the scores locked at 24-all at full-time.
The Warriors hit the front for the first time late in the final quarter leading 24-20 before the Yowies scored a late try in the corner to force the title into extra-time.
They were also on the end of a lop-sided penalty count (8-1 in the first-half) and played for long periods, especially in the first-half, without the ball.
But the Badu-based side lived up to their Warriors’ name, and the courage and spirit that took them to the national championship.
NSW Team report
The NSW Indigenous Under 16’s are preparing for the game of their lives this weekend as the build up towards their match against QLD intensifies.
Currently in camp in Brisbane, the boys faced a tough day of training with an opposed session against the Indigenous Women’s team, before attending the launch of the 2013 NRL All Stars at Suncorp Stadium in the evening.
A highlight of the day was the presentation of jerseys by both the NRL and Indigenous All Star teams in the dressing rooms of the famous ‘Cauldron’.
Brydon Ramien, of Coonamble, was thrilled to receive his jersey from last years Dally M Medal Winner Ben Barba.
“It was amazing, Ben is one of the best players in the game,” Ramien said.
“To meet Ben, JT (Jonathan Thurston) and George Rose was something i’ll never forget, its already been one of the best weeks ever.”
As the players mingled and took the opportunity to take photo’s with their NRL heroes, Indigenous 16’s player Tyler Terare spoke about what the week means to him and his teammates.
“Its a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Terare.
“It feels so good to represent my people. Its my first NSW jumper and hopefully more to come.
“My family are coming to watch me and I’ve never played in front of a big crowd before, so hopefully it feels good.”
The team will train again today in the morning before attending the Indigenous Careers Expo and 2013 NACCHO Deadly Choices Murri V Koori Challange between the Argun Warriors (QLD) and Newcastle Yowies (NSW).
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