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St Laurence’s College has welcomed the chance to host its first Confraternity Carnival at its playing fields in Brisbane’s south.

The QISSRL Committee has announced the host of the 43rd Carnival which will be held from June 26-30, 2023.

St Laurence’s College principal Mr Chris Leadbetter offered a warm welcome to participants and spectators.

“The spirit of next year’s carnival is the spirit of welcome, and you’re all most welcome in Brisbane,” he said.

“St Laurence’s College really looks forward to hosting the 2023 Confraternity rugby league carnival.”

St Laurence’s College only joined the Confraternity Carnival in 2016 yet it won’t be the first time its playing fields have hosted the event.

In 2010, host Clairvaux MacKillop College used the fields to support the 40 teams who attended.
That carnival helped develop several NRL players including current-star Anthony Milford and recent St George Illawarra Dragons debutant Jonathon Reuben.

Boasting nine fields, the St Laurence’s playing fields at Runcorn can comfortably accommodate the carnival. This year 48 boys’ and nine girls’ school teams contested the event in Mackay.

QISSRL Operations Manager Mark Bunting said he was grateful schools like St Laurence’s College offered their fields so the carnival can go ahead each year.

“I’m always so appreciative of schools that nominate to host the carnival and allow us use of their fields,” he said. 

“The carnival grows each year and we’re grateful for the chance to continue to move it around the state.

“The QISSRL Committee are excited to return to Brisbane next year after Covid interruptions meant the 2021 carnival at Iona College was cut short.”

Confraternity Carnival will commence with an opening ceremony and Mass at St Laurence’s College campus on Sunday 25th June, followed by the coaches and management meeting.

Other events during the week will include the carnival dinner and annual general meeting before the carnival finishes with awards and a closing ceremony.

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