League fra­ter­nity ral­lies to help out­back farm­ers

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

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.

PHOTO: BEV LACEY

NO RE­LIEF IN SIGHT: Farm­ers have been told to pre­pare for on­go­ing drought con­di­tions.

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