Local volunteers get their hands on World Cup
THE 2017 Rugby League World Cup is calling for Townsville’s Shane Culling, John Mulherin and Joanne Thomson.
The trio are among 46 local volunteers taking part in this year’s World Cup, which features three games at 1300SMILES Stadium, and yesterday they got their hands on the trophy to celebrate the 100- day countdown until kickoff on October 27.
All the fun begins in Townsville on October 28 when the USA take on Fiji, followed by a double- header on November 5 featuring games between USA and Italy and Wales and Fiji.
For Culling, who will volunteer as a workforce operations assistant, the World Cup rep- resents yet another big chapter in his successful career of working in rugby league.
“It’s been over 20 years experience for me being involved with rugby league as a match official,” he said.
“I refereed Bartercard Cup in New Zealand and then moved over to Australia nine years ago.
“Unfortunately due to diabetes I’ve lost a bit of my foot, so I couldn’t run around the field any more.
“Now I’m more involved with match review, refereeing and coaching.
“We have a saying back home that rugby league is more than just than a game, and for me it’s a lifestyle.”
Thomson, who will act as a host city assistant, is a familiar face around local league cir- cles, having been secretary of TDRL club North Devils for the past five years.
A passionate fan of the local game, Thomson is eager to see Townsville embrace its three World Cup games.
“It’s great for the community and the kids,” she said.
“For the juniors it’s great for them to see where they could go with their rugby league.”
Mulherin, who attends James Cook University, is volunteering as a liaison officer.
“You love coming down to watch the footy, let alone being part of a World Cup,” he said.
“It was too good of an opportunity to pass up and it’s exciting to see the World Cup trophy actually here.”
Tickets for the World Cup can be purchased at rlwc2017. com