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Rangers FC To Celebrate 40th Anniversary With Signature 8 A Side Carnival

A tradition of football excellence returns to the region this month when Mackay Rangers FC prepares to mark four decades with its iconic 8 a Side Carnival.

Starting as a celebration of home ground enhancements back in 1983, the carnival has grown in stature and reputation.

Today, it stands proudly as one of Queensland’s remaining senior football carnivals.

This year's 40th Anniversary Carnival will be staged from Saturday September 30 to Sunday October 1 at the club’s home base at Eric Homan Park and promises to be special.

From Brisbane to Cairns, teams are gearing up to participate in the annual event - each bringing their own distinct flair and passion for the game.

With unique rules that include no offside and special points awarded not just for goals, the Carnival guarantees non-stop action and fervent competition for both men and women plus $6000 in prize money.

The Carnival also features a Penalty Shootout competition with raffles drawn throughout.

But it's more than just a game.

Mackay Rangers stalwart Liam Hutcheon said the Carnival has been a family affair with touching instances of fathers and sons and mothers and daughters sharing the pitch for the first time.

“The club is calling on the community to get behind this historic event,” said Hutcheon.

“Businesses are invited to contribute prizes, raffle items or gifts and such contributions not only elevate the event but also resonate with a broad audience of football enthusiasts, families and supporters,” he quipped.

“We are reaching out to let you know that there are still sponsorship opportunities available for this incredible weekend,” revealed Liam.

“Don't miss out on being a part of this thrilling event and getting your brand in front of a diverse audience of over 500 people attending our grounds each day,” he added.

Mackay Rangers FC continues to be at the forefront of nurturing football talent and passion in the region.

Through events like the 8 A Side Carnival, they not only provide entertainment but also contribute to the future of football in Queensland.

Nominations are now open and due September 17.

If you're interested in joining as a sponsor or would like more information contact Liam Hutcheon at or Andrew Susani –

For those interested in supporting or attending, more details can be found on Facebook page -

Mackay Rangers FC will host their 40th Anniversary 8 A Side Carnival on the weekend of September 30 to October 1 at Eric Homan Park

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