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Townsville & District Junior Rugby League's champion under-12 team from Marian Catholic School had a special reason to celebrate today when another champion, Cowboys life member Matthew Bowen, visited the school to award the team their champions’ trophy.

Supported by the NRL Development team, twenty-five teams from local schools competed in four divisions over a seven-week period, with the Marian team taking out the T1 division inter-school trophy at the competition finals on 27 May.

“Just as it did for me, the future of rugby league starts with competitions like the inter-school round,” North Queensland Toyota Cowboys community engagement officer Matthew Bowen said.

“It’s great to be able to come along to the school and celebrate the team’s achievement. The team and the whole school should be proud of their efforts.”

Also receiving special congratulations from Bowen was Marian Catholic School player Rhys Foley, who made the North Queensland under-12s representative team.

NRL game development officer Ben Jeffries, who assisted in running the competition, was also on hand to give Rhys some special encouragement.

“Rhys played really well throughout the competition, improving with every game,” Jeffries said.

“He’s a great little player and shows great respect towards his teammates, game officials and the opposition. 

"His attitude and ability could take him a long way if he sticks at it.”

Congratulations to Marian Catholic School!

Matthew Bowen, Ben Jeffries (top left & right)
& members of Marian Catholic School's under-12 champions team

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