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Queensland Pacific Islander Cultural Carnival returns

Queensland Pacific Islander Cultural Carnival returns

Queensland Pacific Islander Cultural Carnival returns

Author : Colleen Edwards QRL content producer

The Queensland Pacific Islander Cultural Carnival returns in 2021 with six nations entered to take part in three days of cultural sharing and rugby league.

Who else is excited for QPICC to kick off this week?

Who else is excited for QPICC to kick off this week?

United by rugby league, the annual gathering was cancelled last year due to COVID-19, but is back this weekend at Beenleigh’s Multisports Complex.

The opening ceremony will take place tomorrow – Friday, November 5 – to usher in three big days that aim to connect Queensland Pasifika communities to help various cultures and identities together.

This year, teams representing Maori, Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea will face off in Open men’s, Open women’s, Under 18 boys, Under 16 boys, Under 16 girls, Under 14 boys and Under 14 girls divisions.

There will also be cultural food and merchandising stalls operating on Saturday and Sunday, with Island food, drinks and clothing available for purchase.

The draw for each division is available at PlayRugbyLeague.

2021 Queensland Pacific Island Cultural Carnival Pools

2021 Queensland Pacific Island Cultural Carnival Pools

A number of familiar names and well-known players from this year’s Intrust Super Cup and BHP Premiership have been named to represent their cultures, with games promising to be a showcase of rugby league talent.

Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons representative Tiana Raftstrand-Smith has been named alongside her sisters to represent the Maori women, while Hastings Deering Colts player of the year Cruise Ten will represent Papua New Guinea.

Sunshine Coast Falcons try-scorer BJ Aufaga-Toomaga has also been named in the Samoa squad.

The opening ceremony and matches staged on Field 1 will be livestreamed on the QPICC Facebook page, powered by PacificAus Sports.

More information can be found at QPICC’s new website or other their Facebook or Instagram pages.

NACQ and QNRL are happy to announce the coaches for 2021.

OPEN MENS

Coach: Hakolo Ikitule Walters
Village: Tuapa
Club: Parkwood Sharks, Runaway Bay Seagulls

OPEN WOMENS

Co-Coaches: Hurrissa Iosia-Sipeli, Sarai Sue
Village: Liku, Tuapa
Club: Runaway Bay Seagulls
Contact Number: 0415509851

U16 GIRLS

Coach: William Ngati
Assistance: Risa Kolo
Village: Mutalau, Hakupu, Alofi
Clubs: Manurewa Marlins, Parkwood Sharks
Contact Number: 0403254566

U14 & U16 BOYS

Coach: Trent Manukuo
Village: Hakupu, Avatele
Club: Redbank Bears, Mt Albert Lions
Contact Number: 0412565862

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