Acton takes Outback job
FORMER Allora resident Charmain Acton travelled through her hometown last week enroute to New England as assistant manager of the Queensland Outback A-grade rugby league side.
The Outback assistant manager role is the highest representative rugby league appointment so far for the daughter of well-known Allora community volunteers and Berat farmers Joe and Shirley Cornhill.
Charmain managed the Outback under-19 side in 2008 and has attended the Interstate Outback Challenges ever since.
The Queensland Outback side went down 48-8 to New South Wales Country Seconds at Woodville Oval, Uralla, on Saturday.
Charmain has a history in rugby league administration since relocating to Barcaldine in 2002, and is currently in her fifth year as the secretary/treasurer of the Central West Rugby League, which takes in Barcaldine, Winton, Longreach, Blackall and Ilfracombe clubs.
The Barcaldine Regional Council customer service officer had her first involvement with rugby league when husband Digger Acton was the strapper of the Thomson Tigers club at Longreach in 1999.
After arriving in Barcaldine, Charmain took on the treasurer role with the Sand Goanna’s club before stepping up to district administration.
This year the Outback side included players from Mt. Isa, Normanton, Doomadgee, Hughenden, Barcaldine, Mitchell and Miles, and was coached by Richard Steel of Miles.
Wattles’ quicksilver winger Dale Dempsey, who hails from Mt Isa, was in the Queensland Outback U20 side last year.