Childers to host Broncos
BY VINCE HABERMANN
THE Brisbane Broncos will hit Childers from February 1-4 as the NRL's stars kick off the 2006 season with three days of coaching clinics and promotional appearances in regional areas.
Players will visit areas covered by the NSW and Queensland Rugby Leagues as part of the NRL Community Carnival, with at least five players from a club visiting a nominated area.
Childers is one of just five cities and towns in Queensland who got a guernsey, with Mt Isa (Cronulla Sharks), Richmond (North Queensland Cowboys), Biloela (Parramatta Eels) and Roma (Canterbury Bulldogs) the other hosts.
But Childers is one of the lucky ones, with the Broncos and the Cowboys each agreeing to play a game in their designated area.
Recently appointed Wide Bay Rugby League Division Manager Gary Dunbar said the visit would be a boon for rugby league throughout the district.
"They try and focus away from major centres, and Childers has had some hard times in the community in recent years and it will be great for the town,'' Dunbar said.
"There will be five high-profile Broncos and on the Wednesday, there will be a Qantaslink Coaching Clinic, with school visits by the players as well as ARL and QRL coaching and development staff on the Thursday and Friday.
"They will participate in a fundraising event for Childers juniors and seniors, probably on the Thursday night, with the game on the Saturday night.
"The game is at a preliminary stage at the moment but I will meet with NRL events manager Danielle Heptonstall and local officials in Childers (tomorrow).
"Once we look at the standard of team the Broncos will send, we'll work out who they'll play, but it may be the Wide Bay division team which was quite strong this year, or a combination of a few different sides or a State League side like the Comets.