Greats Of The Game Rally Behind Cq Nrl Bid
February 27th, 2012
Last Friday night some of the greatest players to ever play the great game of rugby league came together to show their support for the CQ NRL Bid. The CQ Leagues Club played host to the 2012 CQ NRL Bid Season Launch which over 200 people attended. A special part of the night included the presentation of the 11 QR National Scholarship Recipients and their mentors.
Gary Larson, Jason Hetherington, Alan McIndoe, Steve Bell, Matt Sing, PJ Marsh, Justin Loomans, Kevin Campion and Mark Hohn were part of a star-studded line up all in attendance on the night.
Larson, Hetherington, McIndoe, Bell, Sing, Marsh and Loomans will provide mentoring and guidance to the young Scholarship Recipients along with Rhys Wesser, Mark Graham, Nick Kenny and Sid Domic who were unable to make it on the night. Meanwhile Kevin Campion and Mark Hohn were present on the night representing their cleaning services business TJS Cleaning Services which is one of 150 Corporate Partners of the CQ NRL Bid.
CEO Denis Keeffe was delighted with the show of support on the night. “To have so many great NRL players present to
our biggest function of the year is a ringing endorsement of the work we are doing for the CQ NRL Bid. We did some quick sums in the lead-up to the night and the 9 former greats we had attend on Friday night collectively have played over 1700 NRL & Super League Games, 88 State of Origins and 32 International games. I think the important thing to note is that all bar one of these players is born and bred in Central Queensland. CQ is a production line for great rugby league players and the NRL knows this.”
Guest Speaker for the Season Launch was Gold Coast Titans Chairman Paul Broughton who gave the football-savvy attendees
a real insight into the machinations of the NRL and the challenges of securing an NRL license. Gold Coast Titans were the latest NRL Team to be granted a license in 2007.
The CQ NRL Bid continues to go from strength-to-strength and is providing some real outcomes for the region through a myriad of community programs aimed at engaging and developing the grassroots of the game. The QR National Scholarship Program is just one of those programs that provides three-way support to young aspiring athletes in the region to chase their dreams in rugby league. Financial Support with schooling and sporting costs, Player Welfare Education and Mentoring from
a former NRL great are all key elements of a program that shows the CQ NRL Bid’s commitment to Grassroots Development.