Grassroots Footy Still the Best

I know rugby league fans out there would have enjoyed the enthralling start to the NRL season. My pick of round-1 was definitely the grand final rematch at Eden Park in New Zealand. What an exciting free-flowing game of rugby league that was played on a fast, dry field that depicted everything that is great about our wonderful game.

Despite enjoying watching the NRL on TV nothing quite beats getting out to the local footy. Going to the local footy is an experience unto itself. It starts for me when I walk through the front gate and pay for my ticket and I’ll normally grab a first try scorer double or a raffle ticket. Then it is time for me to find a spot to watch the game from. A pie and a coke might be in order as well.  Settle back into my seat and its game on!

Whether it’s watching the little U/7s where the whole game seems to freeze in time when one of the kids spots a plane flying overhead and tells his mates. Or the older age groups where you try and pick out the next Darren Lockyer or Matt Sing coming up through the ranks. Young players are out there every week trying to emulate the Benji Marshall step or the Billy Slater chip and chase. Then there is local A-Grade footy which is often based on fierce club rivalries that go back years.

The CQ NRL Bid is continuing to go from strength to strength and one thing that we are acutely aware of is the importance of grassroots rugby league to the overall health of the game. Many officials, referees & volunteers who love the game of rugby league give of their time so generously week-in-week-out to ensure grassroots footy is alive and prospering in CQ and for that we are very grateful. I can assure you every element of the Grassroots of rugby league in Central Queensland has been carefully considered and planned for in the CQ NRL Bid Business Plan.

In 2012 I’m looking forward to getting out to some of the great local footy grounds in the regions of CQ. I look forward to sitting in Virgin Australia Stadium in Mackay watching the Moranbah Miners take on the Souths Sharks in a grand final rematch.  I’ll watch with interest to see how the Gary Larson coached Tannum Seagulls mount their 2012 assault on the defending premiers Gladstone Brothers. I look forward to seeing if Across the Waves can avenge their heartbreaking 35-34 loss to the Isis Devils when they first meet in 2012. A rejuvenated Fitzroy Sharks should give the Rocky competition a shake. A Western trip will definitely be on the cards to watch the Springsure Mountainmen play the Emerald Tigers and the fierce rivalry game when the Barcaldine Sandgoannas match up against the Winton Devils. And I haven’t even mentioned all of the great junior club and schoolboy footy I hope to see.  It’s going to be a busy rugby league season!

Please consider getting along to the local footy this year because it really is the heart blood of our great game and if you haven’t experienced local footy before then I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

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