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U15 National Kickstart Championships – Townsville 2013

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On Monday 8th April the northern city of Townsville will again become a major hub of football action as it hosts the 2013 indigenous Kickstart Championships.

As stated by Kathleen Newman, Townsville regional Manager for AFL Queensland, “These championships, held from 8-12 April, [will] bring together around 150 of the most talented indigenous players from around the country and is sure to showcase some very exciting football. There is every chance spectators will see the next Cyril Rioli, Lewis Jetta, or Chris Yarran, running around.”

The matches will take place at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, and is yet another feather in the cap for Australian football in the city as it vies to become a major destination of choice for the AFL. As Kathleen says, “This is a big event for Townsville and is the third part of our already successful ‘Festival of Football’.
 

Running in conjunction with the Kickstart championships is a separate competition between teams from PNG, New Zealand and the Oceania Region. The championships will culminate in a game between the South Pacific team and a Combined Kickstart team.”

At the end of the tournament the 2013 Flying Boomerangs squad will be announced, featuring the best 25 young indigenous players.

Since the foundation of the Flying Boomerangs in 2006, many players have gone on to forge careers in the AFL, including Austin Wonaeamirri (Melbourne), Leroy Jetta (Essendon), Cameron Stokes (Hawthorn), Steven May (Gold Coast), Peter Yagmoor (Collingwood), Curtly Hampton (GWS) among others.

The Flying Boomerangs travel  each year to developing international countries to play a series of matches. These have included trips to South Africa (2006, 2008, 2013), Papua New Guinea (2009, Tonga (2010) and Fiji (2011).

AFL Queensland have released an article detailing the event which can be found via here.
 
The full draw for the event can be found here.

World Footy News will publish the results of the carnival in coming weeks. In the meantime, anyone headed to Townsville next week might like to drop in and experience some terrific football and get a look at some of the AFL talent of the future.

This event will be the culmination of Townsville’s Festival Of Footy, which has included the Gold Coast Suns Community camp and the recent NAB Cup clash between the Gold Coast Suns and the North Melbourne Kangaroos.

Congratulations, Townsville, on a job well done.
 

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U15 National Kickstart Championships – Townsville 2013
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Thursday, April 04 2013 @ 07:54 pm ACDT

Further to this story, former Brisbane and St Kilda player, Xavier Clarke, who is now the AFL's Indigenous Coordinator, is featured in this article from the Townsville Bulletin. It is another good story about the Indigenous Kickstart Championships and their value to young indigenous footballers and AFL football in general.

Go to: http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2013/04/05/378709_sport.html

Two boys from our Pyramid Power club are part of the Queensland U15 team, so we will have a vested interest in this carnival as we watch Lachlan and Roy strut their stuff and try to take the next step in their own footy careers.

U15 National Kickstart Championships – Townsville 2013
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Tuesday, April 09 2013 @ 10:29 pm ACST

Here is the link for AFL Queensland and their review of day 2 of the National U15 Kicksrart Championships in Townsville. Great to see the Queenslanders shaking off their wto losses from day one to get back amongst the winners against NSW/ACT. Click on the following link for the review.

http://www.aflq.com.au/index.php?id=5&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=1762&tx_ttnews[backPid]=4&cHash=2f55f250e9

 

U15 National Kickstart Championships – Townsville 2013
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Thursday, April 11 2013 @ 09:49 pm ACST

After a terrific week of football  in Townsville at the National U15 Kickstart Championships, Western Australia has held of a determined Victoria/Tasmania team to take out the title again. After being in front by just a goal, and having trailed at stages during the game, the yound WA team came home with a 5 goal to one last quarter to win 9 18 72 to 6 4 40. The end margin was convincing, but doesn't tell the story of the fight put up by the VIC/Tas boys.

This win makes it three from three for the WA side and they have successfully defended their 2012 title.

This is the last stage of the Townsville Festival of Footy, and the city should be proud of it's efforts to host an AFL NAB Cup game as well as national and international titles. This can only be good for football in the northern part of  Australia going forward. With the final game of the Gold Coast v Richmond games coming in July (Richmond has said it won't come back after two upset losses to the Suns in Cairns, and no definite replacement found) it is fair to say that North Queensland has proved beyond doubt that it can not only host mmajor Australian Rules football events, but it also does them as well as any other place in the country.

Congratulations to all the players, coaches, officials and fans who supported the Kickstart Championships, and congratulations to the boys from the west.