Origin stars to draw in fans from all over
PROSERPINE Whitsunday Junior Rugby League president Kevin Young expects fans from across central and north Queensland to flock to the town later this month for the Maroons’ annual fan day.
Proserpine will host the Queensland State of Origin team on Tuesday, June 30, and Mr Young says thousands could swamp Main Street for the parade.
“With supporters coming from Townsville, Burdekin, Central Highlands, Mackay and Sarina, I’d be surprised if this event doesn’t draw four or five thousand people on the day,” he said.
“To have just one Queensland State of Origin player to come to town would be fantastic, but we’re extraordinarily privileged to have the Queensland Maroons team coming to visit us. This is massive.”
The day will start with an official welcoming ceremony at the Whitsunday Coast Airport, where the team will be met by the hosting clubs, PWJRL and Proserpine Rugby League Football Club, as well as Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan and Mayor Jennifer Whitney.
From 10.45am, Mal Meninga's Maroons will take part in a street parade from Herbert St to Chapman St and then the team will mingle with their fans.
The Maroons team will then join guests for the annual fan day luncheon being held at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre at noon.
Major prizes will be auctioned at the luncheon by well-known auctioneer and 2015 Whitsunday Citizen of the year Reg Gillen.
A signed Maroons jersey from Game II will be available for auction, as well as some other big-ticket items, as a fundraising opportunity for the local rugby league junior and senior Whitsunday Brahmans.
Afterwards, children of all ages will be given the opportunity to partake in a Junior Maroon Development Clinic with their Queensland idols and NRL Development staff at Les Stagg Oval from 1.35pm.