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IT'S all in the team name, according to Drunkest XI team captain Matthew Bourne.

The Drunkest XI represent one of the more unusual team names set to contest next week's The Morning Bulletin/Rockhampton Cricket Country Week Carnival in Rockhampton.

The group of CQU Norths Chargers rugby league players, plus a couple of tag-alongs, will make their third appearance under the new team name when the annual three-day carnival starts on Thursday.

According to team insiders, the name change could be a winning factor this year.

"One night we were having a drink and were wondering what to call ourselves this year,'' Bourne said.

"After two games last year we finally got our eye in, so we came up with Drunkest XI.''

The Drunkest XI will join the Marlborough No Morals, Poddy's XI and Gracemere chasing the third grade concrete title.

Other strange team names this year include the No Stars, Baralaba Bull-S-Hitters, Fats XI, Grog Monsters, Rectums and Bushwhackers, while perennial losers the Mighty Ducks are back ready to break their losing duck.

Bourne said it was all about having fun and getting cricket out of their system before the footy season kicks-off.

This year's event, which runs from Thursday to Saturday, has attracted 44 teams.



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