A piece of Whit­sun­day in NQ Cowboys’ sta­dium?

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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