A special ‘nod’ for our local jnr league
THE Proserpine community was out in force over the weekend to celebrate 50 years of junior rugby league.
Saturday’s family day was the perfect time for families, former players and coaches, and the wider public to recollect and catch up, discussing all the glory of Proserpine junior rugby league.
Organisers were proud of the event with many of them describing the turnout as “amazing”.
The main event was the official opening of the new clubhouse and memorabilia room.
In a spectacular display for a small regional club, the room features a signed 2015 Queensland Maroon jersey, a signed 2013 World Cup jersey and one of former Origin star Paul Bowman’s original junior jerseys.
Bowman’s 1987 under-11s jersey in particular is a special piece of history.
Donated by his father Bill, the jersey has black marker writing on it that says “State of Origin 1988” and the number seven on it, written by a young Bowman.
Although he wouldn’t wear the number seven, or make his debut as a 12-yearold, he did in fact make the Origin team 13 years later.
Junior club president Kevin Young said this was an example of the greatness of the club.
“We’ve had some unbelievable players come from this club,” he said.
Mr Young said the new clubhouse only further cemented their place in the community.
“In going from a tractor shed six weeks ago, to this, it’s just massive,” he said.
“I’m so proud to be part of it, I really am.”
Young said the success of the club was a testament to the great support of the local community.
The Proserpine club includes almost 250 juniors across under-6s to under-16s and is one of the biggest clubs in the Mackay competition.
The new memorabilia room features sections based on each decade and a number of jerseys, newspaper articles, pictures and trophies won throughout the years.
As for the future, Mr Young said the club would continue to upgrade its facilities and next look at getting proper lights installed for the fields.
CELEBRATION: Founding PWJRL committee members Barry Barrett, Warren Barry, Ron Read and current president Kevin Young.