Group 19's Gordon Creighton Cup is on this Saturday

The biggest carnival on the local junior rugby league calendar is set for Glen Innes this Saturday with hundreds of young players expected to line up and take to the field to battle for the Gordon Creighton Cup. 

BOOTS ON: Jimmy Mathewson, Kayne Campbell and George Mathewson at last year's Gordon Creighton Cup. Photo: Tony Grant.

BOOTS ON: Jimmy Mathewson, Kayne Campbell and George Mathewson at last year's Gordon Creighton Cup. Photo: Tony Grant.

The annual Group 19 gala day event is held in memory of the late Glen Innes local, Gordon Creighton, who did so much for minor league throughout his life.

“Gordon was a stalwart for minor league, school football and senior league in Glen Innes,” Glen Innes minor league president Adrian Bruce said.

“He loved to see the children play football and was all about children getting on the field and having fun and having a go. 

“The day is in memory of Gordon and all the good work he put into league over the years, but mainly as Gordon would have wanted, to have the children on the field playing footy.”

Glen Innes minor league will host around 10 towns on the day with age groups ranging from the under 8s right through to the U16s in both tackle and tag rugby league.

Gordon was a stalwart for minor league, school football and senior league in Glen Innes, he loved to see the children play football and was all about children getting on the field and having fun and having a go.

Adrian Bruce

 At the end of the day the overall winning club for the day will be presented the Gordon Creighton Cup.

Last year’s event saw more than 900 juniors turn out – up from the previous year’s figures of around 600 – with Inverell sneaking home to claim the prestigious Cup for the most successful club on  the day. 

Group 19 are also using the day as their representative selection for the under 12, under 13, under 14 and under 15 sides.

The host club have experienced plenty of success in recent years, with their latest Cup win in 2016.

In 2017 the event was held in conjunction with a Variety Bash fundraiser and the children’s charity will be there once again. 

Variety helps children and families who are facing many challenges through sickness, disadvantage or living with a disability.

The crew will be there selling tickets and will have their helicopter, giving those that would like to make a payment, 20 minute rides over Glen Innes. 

So don’t forget to drop a gold coin in their buckets or pay for a ride in the chopper to give to a great charity. 

“We would like to urge as many people over to Mead Park and Lynch oval for a great day or league,” Bruce said. 

The Gordon Creighton Cup will be played at Mead Park, beginning at 8.30am.