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The five-day tour took in Clermont, Capella, Emerald, Anakie, Ilfracombe and Winton, with school visits the main activities undertaken.

Cowboys game development manager Liam Bartlett said the successful tour aimed at exposing school kids to rugby league, while embracing the ethos of being active.

“We started our tour in Clermont, taking their women’s team for a training session. They were keen to get back into their rugby league and couldn’t wait to strap on the boots again,” Bartlett said,

“We then visited Clermont State High School where we took 35 students for a training session involving fun and vigorous games.”

Capella State High and Capella State School were next on the itinerary, followed by sessions at Emerald North, Emerald State and Emerald High.

“It was safe to say they all enjoyed the sessions and learnt what being a Cowboy is all about,” Bartrlett said of the school visits.

Anakie State and Ilfracombe State were next on the Centrals Highlands development tour, with the Ilfracombe students embracing the fact current Cowboys co-captain Matt Scott hails from the town.

“Even with no grass, the kids wouldn’t be stopped in running around with a football playing all sorts of fun games,” Bartlett said.

“Even through tough times with limited water, they were keen as ever to enjoy the afternoon and participate to the best of their ability. Throughout the activities, it was a common occurrence of all the kids saying ‘I want to be Matt Scott’ as they ran with the ball.”

The last stop on the tour was Winton with visits to Winton State, Winton High and St Patrick’s.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys and the NRL on Tuesday jointly hosted a special needs come-and-try day at the Kern Bros Drive junior rugby league grounds. A total of 17 children from throughout Townsville took part in the day, which involved a number of rugby league-themed activities and games, including tackling, running through hit shields, side stepping and kicking.

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.