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Western Rivers Cup

The Western Rivers Cup is South West Queensland’s only Indigenous regional cricket carnival.  The current Western Rivers Cup model is a joint initiative by the South West Indigenous Network and Queensland Cricket.  The carnival name recognizes and celebrates the cultural significance of the river systems to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the region.  Each team is named after one of these important rivers throughout Queensland

The past four carnivals have been a great success and the 2017 is shaping up to be an event.  The Western Rivers Cup concept was established in 2013 with 6 male teams nominating for the carnival at Newtown Park to witness the men from Mitchell, the Maranoa Hurricanes claim the inaugural cup (WRC01).  8 male teams nominated in 2014 with the Bulloo Suns (Toowoomba based) team seeking revenge on Hurricanes and taking out WRC02 at Newtown Park.  In 2015 the carnival outgrew Newtown Park and moved to Captain Cook Fields Toowoomba in which 12 Male teams nominated for WRC03 and for the first time a SWIN SEAMERS Academy team took honours and claimed the cup.  Last year in 2016 for the first time the Western Rivers Cup included a females competition in which the women from St George (Balonne Volcanoes) became the Women’s WRC01 Champions.  In the Men’s carnival the SWIN Seamers Academy become the first team to claim back to back victories winning the Men’s WRC04 competition in a 14 team competition.

The Carnival has strong support from both Commonwealth and Sate Government as well as some Local Governments within the South West Region.  Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association Indigenous Program Unit are also a key partner in supporting the carnival.  The Toowoomba Chronicle has been the Western Rivers Cup Media Partner since 2013 and continue to provide strong support.  Chairperson Peter Jackson stated, “Without financial and in-kind support from our sponsors from all levels in Government, PCYC, The Chronicle and our corporate sponsors the carnival would not be to the success it is today and we really appreciate their generosity in making this event such a strong success”!

The 2017 Western Rivers Cup Carnival will consist of the Men’s WRC05 Competition in which 12 teams have nominated and the Women’s WRC02 Competition in which 6 teams have nominated.  The 2017 Carnival will have 18 teams in total, over 200 players, 36 team officials and 50 volunteers visiting the Captain Cook fields based in Toowoomba from Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October.  Communities that have nominated for 2017 include Cunnamulla, Rockhampton, Cherbourg, Ipswich, Dalby, St George and Toowoomba.

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