The Mount Isa under 14s boys rep footy team are heading for their games at the Tommy Tassell Carnival in Cairns this weekend.
Held every September the carnival sees 18 teams travel from across Queensland to compete in the two-day challenge
The crew with coach Nigel Tremain set off on a gruelling 16-hour bus trip on Thursday morning and will have Friday to refresh before action starts on the field on Saturday with three games and one more on Sunday, with a possible final to follow.
Coach Tremain said most of the team had just returned from a tournament in Coolum and had deserved the chance to play in Cairns.
"The training has been good and they are ready to go," Tremain said.
"There's some talent in the side."
The carnival is named for Mount Isa footy great Tommy Tassell who died in 2019 aged 76.
Tom was a highly-respected Queensland Rugby League Northern Division life member who dedicated 50 years' service to both junior and senior rugby league in North Queensland as coach, administrator, selector, and advisor and was a life member of Cairns Kangaroos and Cairns District Rugby League.
The Tassell Trophy Challenge Under 14 has been played in Tom and wife Sandy's honour each September for the past 19 years.
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