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A Carnival with a Rich History

This July, the inaugural Ambrose Treacy College Rugby League team will travel to Bundaberg to compete in the 2019 Confraternity Rugby League Carnival. Having started in 1980, this event has grown into the largest schoolboy carnival in Australia with 48 schools competing in three divisions. Hosted by Shalom College, the carnival begins with a welcome mass in which all 48 schools attend. Students will then compete in six games over five days of competition, culminating in the selection of the Honorary Confraternity Team on the final day.

The carnival is rich with history and there is no shortage of representative honours within the alumni. With the likes of Wendell Sailor and Matt Bowen not only competing at Confraternity, but taking out the Most Valuable Player awards for their respective competitions, it is clear this is a great opportunity to not only showcase ability but be used as a pathway to professional rugby league.

The 2019 Confraternity Carnival marks the exciting start of our Rugby League program at ATC. We are thrilled to be a part of the carnival and look forward to sharing in the culture that is “Confro”. Mr Brett Greinke, ATC’s Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Support Officer, will coach our Confraternity Rugby League team in Bundaberg. Mr Greinke is very familiar with the Confraternity Carnival having played three years while he was at school;

I was lucky enough to play three years of confraternity in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for St Peter Claver College. It was a highlight of my high school days and something you would look forward to as a younger student knowing in year 11 or 12 you could achieve. I made my first representative team after being watched at my first carnival, which helped launch my career as a rugby league player, but it’s not just the games I remember. My favourite memories were busing up to Rockhampton or staying with my best mates. As a coach this year I can’t wait to expose not only the high level of rugby league to our boys but to help them build great memories with their schoolmates.’

Brett has had an extremely successful Rugby League career, playing for the Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs. Currently playing for Easts in the Intrust Super Cup, Brett has been selected to play for the Queensland Residents side which faces the NSW Residents side this Sunday at Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe. We wish him the best of luck.

Shalom College are excited to be hosting the Confro Carnival in Bundaberg this year and we will be travelling there with twenty of our players and a group of coaches and support staff. In preparation for our tour, ATC will be hosting a Musical Bingo fundraising event on 15 June in with all proceeds going towards the cost of touring. Commencing at 7pm, the event will be held in Nudgee Junior Hall. Tables of 10 will be available to purchase for $100, along with food options, full bar facilities and great prizes to be won. SAVE THE DATE and keep an eye out for the Trybooking link which will be shared on the App next week.

I hope you can join us at the Musical Bingo Night and don’t forget to come dressed in your favourite sports outfit! See all the details in the flyer below or on the College App.

Elliot Jackson
Athletic Performance Coordinator