Elite footy a lift for Childers

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

THE Town & Coun­try will cam­paign along­side Isis Devils should they pur­sue the op­por­tu­nity to host an In­trust Su­per Cup game this sea­son. While a top-flight game will do won­ders for lo­cal rugby league, it can also prove to be an eco­nomic boon for the com­mu­nity. Play­ers, staff, fans, of­fi­cials – they could all end up spend­ing their hard earned cash in town, and that can only be a pos­i­tive for lo­cal busi­nesses. The best news for the Devils came from In­trust Su­per Cup gen­eral manager Jamie O’Con­nor, who said clubs didn’t have to stump up cash for host­ing rights. “There is no re­quire­ment for clubs to come up with fi­nan­cial fig­ures,” O’Con­nor said. Fi­nan­cial viability is key to clubs like the Devils and other re­gional rugby league clubs. Re­gional clubs are of­ten ham­strung by suc­cess, and it is yet to be seen how the Devils’ 2014 grand fi­nal run has af­fected their bot­tom line. The cost of suc­cess is, more of­ten than not, fa­tal. In North­ern New South Wales the Lower Clarence Mag­pies have bat­tled bank­ruptcy since they lifted the North­ern Rivers Re­gional Rugby League tro­phy in 2009, and have won only five games in the years since. Closer to home on the Sun­shine Coast, Gympie Devils have been forced to merge with Noosa Pi­rates to play as the North­ern Out­laws, lit­tle more than five years since they won their grand fi­nal. There is no sug­ges­tion the Devils are fi­nan­cially in dire straits, but there is no deny­ing the pos­i­tive eco­nomic im­pact an event like this could have.

PHOTO: SHARYN O'NEILL

POS­I­TIVE: An In­trust Su­per Cup match would be great for the re­gion.

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