• Queensland Murri Carnival is back for 2021. (Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council)Source: Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
The Murri Carnival is back on for 2021 and after last year's hiatus, mob from around the state could not be happier.
Keira Jenkins

24 Sep 2021 - 2:20 PM  UPDATED 24 Sep 2021 - 2:29 PM

The Queensland Murri Carnival is a highlight each year, and mob usually flock from far and wide to attend, connect with friends, and hopefully see a victory. 

But this year the excitement has been brought up a notch, following the community event's cancellation last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Players like Zane Hendriks, from North Stradbroke Island, are grateful to be able to get on the footy field.

"Playing with the mob, playing with the brothers, seeing the other boys, and the ladies playing and having a rip, it's just a good day," he said.

"It's a good atmosphere and we're playing the sport we love."

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Bo De La Cruz, the first Indigenous woman to represent Australia at senior level of touch rugby, said it's been great to see people getting a chance to catch up with their mob after having to stay apart for so long.

"It's so good to have that community feel back," said the two-time World Champion.

"Everyone loves community rugby league, especially our mob, it's something we can all gather for, like our modern day corroboree to all get together.

"To have the Murri Carnival back on the calendar, seeing all the mob come down from as far as the Torres Strait, Doomadgee and Normanton, all the mob from the Gulf, it's been really good.

"You can see that everyone is enjoying catching up with all their mob from around Queensland." 

Clayton and Meileen Saltner came from Cherbourg to see their son 18-year-old son play for the first time in the A-grade at the Carnival. 

"He made me very proud, and his mother (too)," Clayton said.

"He played real good."

They're not the only proud parents waiting on the sidelines; the grounds are filled with families from all over the state.

Elders like Turrbal woman Aunty Vicki Dale are having just as much fun as the young mob.

"It's great to have fun with the other Elders," she said.

"It's been great to see everyone having fun, and the football has been great too."

Of course, there's also some former and current NRL stars dotted amongst the crowd.

Former Queensland prop Petero Civoniceva said he loves to see the up and coming talent getting in and having a go.

"To see our kids out there playing in great spirit, enjoying themselves, having fun, that's what it's all about," he said.

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