Elite footy a lift for Childers
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.
POSITIVE: An Intrust Super Cup match would be great for the region.