Narrabri and District Junior Rugby League carnival

Three Blues teams win at their home town carnival

Evander Russ runs the ball at Saturday’s Narrabri carnival

Narrabri and District Junior Rugby League held its annual carnival at Cooma Oval on Saturday.

There were 33 teams that competed across seven age groups, from the home club as well as Collegians Junior Rugby League Club, Dungowan Junior Rugby League, Gunnedah Junior Rugby League, Manilla Minor Junior Rugby League, Quirindi Junior Rugby League, North Tamworth Bears, Kootingal Moonbi Rugby League Football Club and Wee Waa Junior Panthers.

NDJRL president Luke Browning hailed the carnival a major success.

“It was just a great day,” Browning said.

“It ran as smoothly as it could really.

“We didn’t have any bad injuries really and there were no real incidents, no one was sent off or anything like that.

“Also three Narrabri teams won which was a good thing for us.”

Browning thanked everyone who helped make the carnival a success, including the NDJRL committee, NDJRL life members, Country Rugby League officials, sponsors, referees, coaches and parents.

Winning teams were Manilla (6-years), North Tamworth (7-years), Narrabri (8-years), Dungowan (9-years), Narrabri (10-years), Narrabri (11-years) and Collegians (12-years).

The Blues 8-years side made it three in a row, undefeated at its home carnival since 2016 in 6-years.

For the 11-years side it was six in a row, having won every year since 6-years back in 2013.

That side will play its final carnival in 2019 when it will attempt to make it a clean sweep.

The NDJRL season will continue after the school holiday break.

This year’s grand final date has been set for Saturday, September 1.

That is earlier in September than previous years, a decision which was made to accommodate the international finals which Narrabri will host on Saturday, September 8.