A 66th PEEL Schools Rugby League Carnival kicks off this morning at the Tamworth Minor League fields on Riverside.
Last year’s primary section was washed out while the secondary (to be played this Wednesday) went ahead.
For Tamworth’s St Edward’s Primary School, the last few years have been a major success.
“Up until last year’s wash- out,” said St Edward’s schoolteacher and Peel School chief organiser Richard McIlveen.
“We’d been the Most Successful School (primary divisions) for about the last three years in a row.”
Manilla goes in favourites after taking out the Wests Primary School Challenge last week.
They will be without star player Conner Bracken who has North West duties next week.
“They will miss him (Bracken) – he is a great little player,” McIlveen said.
“They are very beatable without him.”
Hillvue will also come in with some confidence after making the final of the Challenge.
St Ed’s opens kick the tournament off with a grudge match against cross-town rivals Tamworth Public School at 9am at Mod 4.
St Eds 8a’s also play in the first timeslot with a clash against Gunnedah South on Mod 2.
St Ed’s have six teams again this year.
“From 7’s to Opens,” McIlveen said.
“It is what we focus on every year and it is always a good well-run competition.”
Australia’s longest running rugby league carnival kicks off for the 66th time today.
It will take up nine Mod Fields as almost fifty teams go head to head.