The Annual QAIHC Arthur Beetson Foundation Murri Rugby League Carnival will be held at Redcliffe’s Dolphin Oval from October 1-4 in Redcliffe. The carnival, which involves Queensland teams from the Gold Coast to Badu Island in the Torres Strait, is a real show piece of Indigenous rugby league talent. Three competitions take place over four days, including Under 15 boys, Open Women’s and Open Men’s.  Sides will be selected in each competition to represent Queensland Murri as official QRL teams in different games and tours.

The carnival is much more than rugby league as it also has a major focus on health and education. All players have to complete a “Health Check” as a requirement to participate and all Under 15 participants must have a 90% school attendance rate in the three months prior. The Queensland Murri Carnival is heavily supported by the Federal Government Department of Health, State Government Education Queensland and also Sport and Recreation. Major support from the Moreton Bay Council has resulted in the event coming to the region for the second year running.

Major sponsors also include the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health through their Deadly Choices campaign alongside Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, University of Queensland, Aurizon, Triple Play, Redcliffe Leagues and the QRL

About The Arthur Beetson Foundation (ABF)

Arthur Beetson was a great Australian. Arthur was the first Indigenous Australian to captain his country and is one of the eight Immortals of the game of Rugby League. Arthur’s life work was about helping young Australians, particularly Indigenous Australians, achieve better life outcomes in the key areas of health, education and welfare. On Arthur’s passing, in conjunction with his sons, the ABF was established so that we may live his legacy and continue the remarkable work that he did. The ABF was appointed by the Qld Rugby League to conduct the Murri Carnival and uses the Carnival with the help of strategic partners like the IUIH and its Deadly Choices programme to engage the community to empower Indigenous Australians for better outcomes in health, education, sport, employment and business development.

Club Nomination/Team Registration Procedures

The registration pack contains all forms required to register your team for the 2015 ABF competition as well as other information such as: carnival program, rules, uniforms, accommodation, and admission fees.

The 2015 QMC has been sanctioned and endorsed by the QRL whose rules and guidelines apply in conjunction with the QMC Rules.

  • Teams must email the AMS 715 Form List and the AMS Doctor’s Letter to ian.lacey@iuih.org.au by the 30th August 2015, completed as best it can be at that time. An updated Form must be sent if any player later completes their Health Check within 2 business days of the Health Check.
  • ALL Players must have completed a Health Check and lodged the AMS Doctor’s Letter by the 1st September 2015 or they will not be eligible to play in the QMC.
  • All adult players and officials are encouraged to complete an Australian Electoral Commission Form.
  • Off field Misconduct by Players, Officials and Staff will be dealt with by the QMC Executive Committee and the subject of sanction by them including but not limited to team disqualification from the QMC.
  • All players must be an Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander male and a Health Check will be accepted as absolute proof of that and cannot be challenged or the subject of a protest.
  • Players must be aged 17 years or older at the time of playing in a match.
  • All Managers or a suitable Team representative must attend the Official Draw at Redcliffe Leagues Club 30th September 2015 at 5pm.
  • No person during the course of a QMC match shall enter the playing field unless permitted to do so under the QRL Rules or by the QMC Executive Committee. Please see the attached QRL Event Conduct Rules a breach of which can lead to a complete ban from the game of rugby league.
  • If a team refuses to leave the field when directed by a referee or the QMC Executive Committee that team will be immediately disqualified from the QMC and it and the and the offending players and officials will be banned from the next 2 QMCs and referred to the QRL to be officially sanctioned by the QRL which can lead to a complete ban from the game of rugby league. Any offending players will be ineligible for State selection.
  • Only players registered with the QRL in 2015 may be selected for a representative team.
  • If a game is tied at full time than other than for the Grand Final the winner shall be the team that scored the first try of the game and if no try is scored the team that kicked the first penalty goal and if no penalty goal is kicked the team that was given the first penalty of the game.
  • If the Grand Final is tied at full time the game shall go to golden point according to the QRL Rules and Regulations
Murri Rugby League 2015

Murri Rugby League

Murri Rugby League is an annual four day rugby league carnival for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Queensland rugby league teams. Queensland Rugby League (QRL) has awarded the Arthur Beetson Foundation with the tender for the next three years. The Foundation has employed MRL (Qld Pty Ltd) to event manage the Murri Rugby League carnival.