Mununjali Eagles to take flight at Murri Carnival

OUR MOB: Jayden, Flynn and Janzell Bartlett enhance connections with families through the game of rugby league at the Mununjali Eagles.
OUR MOB: Jayden, Flynn and Janzell Bartlett enhance connections with families through the game of rugby league at the Mununjali Eagles.

The Mununjali Eagles will once again be a force to be reckoned with when the Murri Carnival returns to Redcliffe next year.

The Eagles were unable to field an Open Men’s team this year because the carnival was presented in Townsville and the costs were too high.

The move was part of an initiative to take the men’s and women’s competitions out of the south-east corner every three years to give the opportunity to take part to more Indigenous communities.

But Sharne Iselin of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health said Mununjali would be back taking on the best indigenous footballers in Queensland at Dolphin Oval in both the Open Men’s and under-15 grades in 2019.

The under-15s will be looking to build on their promising debut performance at the Murri Carnival held at Redcliffe from September 22-24.

Though playing without luck the boys wore the jersey with pride and honour, with Harry Midgley and Jake Egan narrowly missing selection in the Queensland Murri Rugby League Team.

Having come to life on three separate occasions the Eagles have a rich history.

From the club’s inception in the 1930s, it was known as the Beaudesert All Blacks and played in the local Beaudesert District competition which comprised Beaudesert, Christmas Creek, Canungra and the Beaudesert All Blacks.

The team reformed in the 1970s as the Mununjali Eagles and again in 2011 when the Queensland Murri Carnival began.

Mununjali also had a women’s side back in 2013 and the club would love to resurrect the concept and have the team play alongside the open men and under-15s in the future providing there is enough interest and support.

The club’s ethos is One Heart, One Blood, One spirit and it offers opportunity to players to showcase their talents to the community, scouts and selectors and supports the rugby league aspirations of members.

The Murri Carnival is a drug and alcohol free event and there is an emphasis placed on education with the under-15s required to keep a high school attendance rate of more than 90 per cent.

Players must also have health checks to detect any health problems they may not be aware of.

The Eagles thanked support staff Robbie Antcliff (manager), Troy Willis (assistant coach), Al Holland and Germaine Paulson (League Safe), and