National nod for league mum
CENTRAL Burnett Brumbies secretary Sandra Kenny has been named as a national finalist for the Women in League (Volunteer) Achievement Award.
Gayndah Junior Rugby League treasurer Clarissa Pointon said the committee was surprised and happy to hear Ms Kenny was a national finalist for her valuable contributions to the sport.
“We’re thrilled. We thought she’d certainly get a look-in state-wide,” Ms Pointon said.
“If it wasn’t for volunteers like her, country footy wouldn’t happen.”
Under-14s coach Paul Bust, who proposed the nomination, said Ms Kenny was “very deserving”.
Clarissa Pointon If it wasn’t for volunteers like her, country footy wouldn’t happen.
“We highlighted what she does and how long she’s been involved and the hours put in,” he said.
Ms Kenny’s involvement began when her eldest son, Ben, began to play for the Brumbies about 11 years ago.
Here Brumbies president Robert Linsket took up the tale.
Ms Kenny’s roles on and off-field included first aid officer and Level 1 trainer, secretary and registrations manager.
“She’s like another mother to these kids and she’s very passionate about football,” Mr Linsket said.
As the Brumbies games against Murgon ebbed and flowed on Saturday, tributes and good wishes flowed across the field from players, parents, coaches, linesmen and referees.
Shane Ostwald said although a whole team of people contributed it was “good that they pick one person out”.
“She’s a great individual and has created a magnificent club,” he said.
During a game refereed by son Ben, Ms Kenny delivered ice and first aid to the injured and a half-time reminder of on-field sportsmanship.
Ben, 17, whose passion for the game triggered his mother’s involvement, said she deserved the award.
“Mum was not the biggest fan of us playing at first, but she got addicted,” he said.
“Lovely” was how a modest Ms Kenny described the nomination.
“I do love rugby league, I have a passion for the game,” she said.
DESERVING NOMINATION: NRL One Community finalist Sandra Kenny keeps busy on and off the field for the Central Burnett Brumbies.