Celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

Garbutt Magpies Cup 2023

SUNBUS Major Sponsor

Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

Boys Into Men

National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander

Children’s Day

Venue: Murray Complex

Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm

Schools are able to nominate more than one team.

Depending on numbers, there will be two competitions for bigger and smaller schools.


15 Players per team plus reserves

Open Rules except no kicking the ball off the ground.

Nominations of Interest close 5:00pm Friday 23 June 2023

Attention: Randal Ross (



“Boys Into Men”

When2nd of August 9:45 - 2:00pm
WhereQueens Park North Ward
WhoAll Year 5 & 6 School Students from Townsville and Surrounding Districts
WhatRound Robin AFL Competition

Who are the Garbutt Magpies?

Garbutt Magpies Sporting Association began in 1955 playing cricket, AFL, Rugby League, Softball and Vigoro. They were a powerful cohesive multicultural club to the 1990’s. Recently they competed successfully in the All-Black’s rugby league championships.  The Garbutt Magpies Sporting Association had a huge impact on the lives of the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islanders who participated. Many are today’s respected community leaders who have lived healthy, active and highly engaged lives.

Role Mentoring

Garbutt Magpies representatives acting as mentors will present to schools.A digital story of individual’s lives of Garbutt Magpies focusing on lifestyle, family, education, employment, health, and community involvement.A digital history of the Garbutt Magpies. Garbutt Magpies Mentors will support school staff and AFLQ staff to coach and manage school teams participating in the Garbutt Magpies Cup. 

Date: 2nd of August 2023.
RSVP June 23, Randal Ross ( (0407739685 ) or Leon Stubbs (0437619113)
Garbutt Magpies were Finalists at the QLD Government Reconciliation Awards in 2016.
Garbutt Magpies is the winner of the 2023 QLD Government Reconciliation Awards.