A piece of Whitsunday in NQ Cowboys’ stadium?
RUGBY LEAGUE: The North Queensland Cowboys have designs on Les Stagg Oval’s dirt thanks to a daring new proposal.
During his visit to Proserpine on Thursday as part of a regional engagement tour, Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner revealed one proposal was to have dirt from league fields throughout north Queensland laid underneath 1300SMILES Stadium to emphasise unity among the towns and their NRL club.
A smartphone application and becoming an NRL powerhouse through increasing membership numbers were also on Mr Tonner’s agenda.
Mr Tonner spent time with Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby League officials Kevin Young and Marlene Malone, Cowboys tragic Robert Filby and North Queensland members Matthew McGoldrick and Melanie Humphries to outline his vision for the club, which he said very much included Proserpine.
“We have to support all junior rugby league for the game’s development,” he said.
“We have been meeting junior and senior rugby league to work out how we connect with them.
“Although Proserpine plays in the Mackay competition, they do all right by themselves.”
Mr Tonner, who has only been CEO for a matter of weeks, also highlighted the need for the Cowboys and local league fans to support one another.
“We’re all about supporting home-grown. We want to support and develop kids where they are growing up,” he said.
“We’ve got to help out those mums and dads and we’ve got to work out how those kids can experience the stadium.”
MEET AND GREET: Proserpine Rugby League representatives Kevin Young and Marlene Malone with Cowboys CEO Greg Tonner on Thursday during his regional tour.