Helpers wanted for Peel Schools Carnival

THE PEEL Schools Rugby League Carnival is fast approaching.

While the Peel Schools Carnival committee has met and conducted its annual general meeting, it needs help to run what is one of the biggest and most enduring schoolboy rugby league carnivals in the country.

Peel Schools Carnival Committee publicity officer Mike Cashman said the carnival needed the help of volunteers again.

“Organisation is already underway for this year, with the recent AGM electing Peter Blom president, Bob Edgecock vice president, Peter Windsor secretary, Graham Hayward treasurer, myself publicity officer and Kevin Squires schools liaison officer,”  Cashman said.

“However, more help is needed on the  committee and interested persons are welcome to attend the next meeting, to be held in the Chillingworth Room at West Tamworth League Club at 7pm next Tuesday (March 4).”

Cashman can be contacted on 67658610 for further details on involvement.

He’s hoping he might receive many calls for a carnival that is in its 66th year and is scheduled for June 14 (primary) and June 18 (secondary).

“It takes pride of place in being Australia’s longest continuous running school football carnival,” he said.

“After its heyday in the 1970s and 80s, the carnival now attracts around 100 team entries from 30 to 40 schools all up. 

“Many top senior footballers came through Peel Schools, some going on to represent New South Wales and Australia.

“Unfortunately the event was disrupted somewhat last year with a rare forced cancellation of the primary division due to weather. 

“Organisers were however well pleased with the conduct of the secondary section the following Wednesday, with teams travelling from as far afield as Newcastle and Port Macquarie.”

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