Dragons visit pays off for clubs
THE Suburbs and Collegians Junior Rugby League Clubs are reaping the rewards of a successful St George Illawarra Dragons visit to Warwick last month, with the presidents of each club receiving a substantial donation as a result.
The NRL players visited the Rose City last month and provided a free coaching clinic to local junior footballers.
Cowboys Rugby League representatives yesterday presented a $1850 cheque to both Suburbs president Garry McEwan and Collegians president Terry Dwan.
The money was raised through auctions and raffles held during the team’s visit. Both clubs plan to use the funds to continue with flood repairs.
“We are still trying to do more since the floods so this will help with that,” Mr McEwan said.
“We got a grant for $60,000 but that will probably only cover half of what we have to do since the floods.
“Every little bit helps so this will be fantastic to put towards that.”
Mr Dwan said although the club is going well with its flood repairs, the money would make things a little easier and would also go towards junior development.
Both Mr McEwan and Mr Dwan said the training day with the NRL players was a huge boost to their players.
“The most important thing I think to come out of it was the enthusiasm,” Mr McEwan said.
“To see those big names come out and put the effort in really made the kids want to get more involved.”
“The kids really loved it and the older boys got to get out there and put their skills together,” Mr Dwan said.