Ori­gin stars to draw in fans from all over

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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