League fraternity rallies to help outback farmers
THE Bundaberg Rugby League community will dig deep to help drought-affected Outback Queensland later this year.
Queensland Rugby League Central Division has partnered with Men of League for the event, where all games played on July 18-19 will be used to raise money and awareness for drought-affected areas.
The event will coincide with round 18 of the BRL season, and chairman Mike Ireland said the competition would support the drive.
“These people are doing it tough and they need all the help they can get,” Ireland said.
“We got a bit of a hand from them and other associations a few years ago after the floods and we’re more than happy to help.
“We’re fully supportive of it.”
North Queensland, Queensland and Australia front-rower Matt Scott has lent his support to the initiative, and the Longreach Tigers junior called on supporters to dig deep.
“Growing up in the bush, rugby league was the game that binds the community together when times are tough,” he said in the video.
Central Division manager Glenn Ottaway said the event would raise the spirits of those in drought-affected areas.
“We are all well aware of the struggles the clubs and communities are facing at the moment in relation to the drought so hopefully this helps put a smile on their face to know that the rest of the rugby league community is aware of the situation they are in,” Ottaway said.
“I am sure the whole Division will support this initiative.”
Isis Devils will host Easts Magpies while Waves Tigers play Wallaroos and Wests face Hervey Bay in a Salter Oval double header on the weekend, and Ireland said all clubs would be involved.
“It should be a good thing,” he said.
NO RELIEF IN SIGHT: Farmers have been told to prepare for ongoing drought conditions.