Broncos stars hit the footy field to meet young fans
SCOTS PGC students were jumping out of their footy boots yesterday when Brisbane Broncos stars hit the field to teach them the ropes.
Former players Paul Dyer and Michael Hancock were in Warwick as part of a regional tour to visit students from Allora, Clifton and the Rose City.
Year 4 students were over the moon to have a chance to hang out with the NRL veterans.
Long-time fan Tommy Worboys, 10, said his classmates were excited about the players coming to school.
"Everyone was waiting and looking everywhere for them.”
"We had to try and wait patiently.”
Tommy has played rugby league for Wattles since he was five years old.
Although he said he was still unsure about how to do dropkick, he definitely walked away feeling inspired for his next game.
"I love the Broncos,” Tommy said. "I don't have a favourite player, I just like the whole team.”
The 10-year-olds gave Dyer and Hancock a run for their money when they chased the stars around the oval.
Hancock, who played more than 290 games for the Broncos, lived in Stanthorpe when he signed with the NRL club in 1987.
Coming back to regional towns was important for Hancock, who said it was a pleasure being back in the country.
"It's great to be back close to home and be able to give back to the communities we have a connection to,” he said.
"Country kids are great and they're all doing it tough at the moment.
"A little bit of happiness and cheer is always great.”
As coach of the Broncos' 2018 premiership women's team, Dyer said their aim was to utilise the Broncos' brand to do good in rural communities.
"We want to help kids make some good choices around diet, behaviour, nutrition and exercise,” Dyer said.
"It's as much about the message we preach here in schools as it is about teaching kids how to play our game.”