FUN AND PARTICIPATION: Calliope Roosters under-nine team with former Cowboys and Queensland State of Origin star Paul Bowman.
FUN AND PARTICIPATION: Calliope Roosters under-nine team with former Cowboys and Queensland State of Origin star Paul Bowman. Cntributed

Future rugby league stars in Paul Bowman Challenge

RUGBY LEAGUE: Future Gladstone National Rugby League stars descended on Proserpine last weekend for the 2018 Paul Bowman Challenge.

A total of 72 under-nine teams from across the state all played across field games with the aim of having fun and participation.

Calliope Roosters under-nines coach Kelvin Sullivan said the players from the Gladstone region had a great time and started to learn the basics of the game.

"One of the main aims of the weekend was for the kids just to have some fun, learn the basics of the game such as kicking, passing and positions," Sullivan said.

"Participation and playing with friends and all the kids got together and shook hands to learn a bit of sportsmanship.

"These weekends are good for the game and its future."

Other Gladstone clubs involved were Boyne/Tannum, Wallabys and Brothers, who all took part in the weekend.

"The weekend was very popular and already the clubs are talking about making plans for next year," Sullivan said.

Former North Queensland Cowboysand Queensland State ofOrigin representative Paul Bowmanwas there to see how the multitude of boys and girls were playing.