Earlier this year seven Northern Territory Police Officers headed to Queensland to participate in the Annual Police Affiliated States Rugby League Carnival.
The NT Police members made up part of the Affiliate State side which also included Officers from the Australian Federal Police, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.
The team met up for the first time in Moolooaba on 6 July for a training camp, before going toe to toe with competition heavy weights New South Wales (NSW) Police and Queensland (QLD) Police.
The competition kicked off at Suncorp Stadium on 9 July. The first match between NSW Police and QLD Police was selected as the curtain raiser for the third State of Origin Game.
Senior Constable David Brauns said this game was very significant as it commemorated 150 years of Policing in Queensland. However QLD Police were unable to seal the win with NSW Police running home with a convincing 42-12 victory.
“The Affiliates played NSW in the second game, the match went down to the wire with scores locked at 14-10 for most of the second half. It was a good physical game however NSW were too good, scoring a try in the final minutes to win 18-10.
“The next match was against QLD, who were out to make amends for last year’s game after the Affiliates produced a game saving try on the siren, resulting in a draw.
“The Affiliates were missing a few key players through injury as a result of their bruising encounter with NSW the day before. The Affiliates did put up a good fight however QLD was too strong taking out the match 48-04.
“Despite going home without a win, six players from the Affiliates side were selected in the Australian Police team to play New Zealand Police at the end of the year.
“Congratulations to NT Police Officers Dave O’Riordan and Brad Wootton who were selected in the Australian side.”
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The Northern Territory contingency included
Dave O’Riordan (MPG)
Mat Kilgour (MPG)
Brad Wootton (TRG)
Dan Keelan (Palmerston Police Station)
Shannon Harvey (Palmerston Police Station)
David Brauns (Casuarina Police Station)
Ric Coulson (Alice Springs Police Station)