NRL great at Road­show

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

The NRL Road­show will re­turn to the Pil­bara this month with re­tired North Queens­land Cow­boys star Matty Bowen head­lin­ing the trip.

Work­shops will be hosted in Kar­ratha, Wick­ham and Port Hed­land from March 17 to 21 and the road­show will also at­tend ex­pos in all three towns.

Pil­bara Rugby League trea­surer Adri­enne De Faveri O’Sul­li­van said it would be good for the ju­niors to have Bowen stand­ing with them at their stalls dur­ing the City of Kar­ratha’s Ju­nior Com­mu­nity Sports Expo

“It’s a bit of an up­lift to have an NRL player com­ing up and en­cour­ag­ing the kids to get back into league,” she said.

“I think this year is about get­ting the word out there that rugby league is still alive and we are or­gan­ised this year.”

Sev­eral WA NRL rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the un­der-17’s West Coast Pi­rates rep­re­sen­ta­tive side will join the trip north. The Pi­rates will play a Pil­bara Rugby League side on Satur­day, March 19.

The road­show will also visit schools in all three towns with the NRL’s One Com­mu­nity So­cial Change work­shop, which is aimed at build­ing con­fi­dence, stamp­ing out bul­ly­ing and keep­ing chil­dren away from drugs and al­co­hol.

De Faveri O’Sul­li­van said the 2016 PRL sea­son was look­ing in good shape.

“It should be good, we’re try­ing very hard to keep ev­ery­one in­volved in the game,” she said.

“We have bought back all th­ese rounds and want to do things that bring peo­ple to­gether.”

The sea­son will start with a round-robin tour­na­ment in Port Hed­land and will also see the re­turn of the women in league game and PRL 9s com­pe­ti­tion later in the sea­son.

The Kar­ratha Roost­ers have re­joined the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter be­ing forced to for­feit the se­cond half of the 2015 sea­son be­cause of a lack of player num­bers.

Pic­ture: NRL Pho­tos

Matt Bowen in ac­tion at the Auck­land 9s Rugby League Tour­na­ment.

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