Juniors go large for 50th birthday
IF THERE’S one thing people associate the Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby League club with, it’s community.
No matter who you speak to, whether it’s junior club president Kevin Young or Cowboys legend Paul Bowman, or someone sitting on the sideline on a Saturday morning, they all say it’s the community that makes the club great.
This weekend they will celebrate an incredible 50 years with a special reunion dinner, headlined by Bowman, and a family day that will re-visit old rivalries and look towards the next 50 years.
President Kevin Young said the success of the club wouldn’t be possible without the help of the people behind the scenes.
“We’re just thanking the whole community, from subcontractors to local families that have helped contribute to the club over the years to help get it to where it is today,” he said.
“There’s a lot of families that do stuff behind the scenes. They’ve all just helped out.”
Based on their support, Mr Young said he was more than confident in the club’s future. But will they make it to 100? “I hope they do. They will. This club is too strong. They’ll keep going for many, many years,” he said.
Bowman is the biggest success story to come from the club and he will return to where it all began this weekend.
He moved to Proserpine around 1980 as a toddler and joined the local club the first chance he got, playing for the under-9s.
“It was the first age group they had,” he said.
The former Maroons centre started as a seven-year-old and played for the club until under-11s, when he was moved to a boarding school.
“I used to play when I came home on school holidays,” he said.
Bowman’s memories from those early days weren’t from playing football itself.
“It was good fun travelling away to games. There were plenty of road trips,” he said. Bowman would go on to play seven games in the Cowboys’ inaugural year, eventually playing more than 200 games.
This weekend the club will celebrate its history while also looking towards the next 50 years.
The official opening of their new club house is solid step for the future of the club.
The new facility will give the club a chance to host first aid and referee clinics, as well as a video room to review games and drills as well as displaying memorabilia and trophies.
Tickets for the Friday night reunion can be bought at the door, with Mr Young saying it would be the perfect place to listen to a few stories.
Then on Saturday, the club will host an entire day of matches and an evening of activities for the kids, featuring a spit roast, live band and mechanical bull.
MILESTONE: Kayley Douthwaite, Daniel Moller, Darcy Milne, Daniel Anderson, Finn Compassi, Xavier Debrincat, Will Turner, Kohan Mav, Max Watson, Taellum Friend, Becky Little, Braith Tetley, Murray Hinton, Kyneen Stefani, Dario Raiteri with (front) Dylan and Ethan Hoffman of the Proserpine Junior League at training on Thursday.