Take anger out on field, thieves told

THE presidents of two football clubs targeted by thieves last week have urged the people responsible to play out their aggression on the field and join their clubs.

Eastern Suburbs Junior Rugby League and Warwick Cowboys were both targeted by intruders, who forced their way into the buildings before taking equipment.

Eastern Suburbs president Gary McEwan said the club's entire collection of footballs, training gear and first aid equipment was stolen in the break-in.

In a true show of mateship, last Thursday's training session at the junior club was saved by youngsters who rounded up all of their footballs from home to ensure training could go ahead.

Fortunately, the Warwick police Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) was able to recover the items taken from the club, but Mr McEwan said he was shocked at the disrespect shown by those to blame.

"It would have cost us close to $1000 to replace everything, make repairs and put extra security in, and that is a hell of a lot for a junior club to come up with," he said.

"It is very disappointing because there is a lot of work that goes into the club to keep it running and successful.

"I want these people to realise we are here to provide a service to the community, not to be made into victims by some of the young people in the town.

"When they do this to us, it's not just me and the coaches and the players that suffer - the whole community is affected."

The Warwick Cowboys club, which had footballs stolen from the training shed, has been targeted in similar attacks over the past year.

President Don Browne said he was disappointed to be victim to such a disrespectful act yet again.

He said the thefts were a slap in the face to the members and tireless volunteers who worked hard behind the scenes.

"It is really disappointing to have somebody do this when there are so many people working hard to keep the club afloat," he said.

Mr Browne also had a word of advice for those who targeted his club.

"I would suggest whoever was responsible should join either a junior or senior club and take their frustrations out on the footy field, not by damaging our clubs," Mr Browne said.

Police investigations are continuing, with no charges yet laid.

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