Spring brings new start for Isis club
SPRING could not have come soon enough for the rugby union faithful at Childers.
A cruel winter saw their beloved Isis Internationals unceremoniously dumped from the Bundaberg Rugby Union competition over an unpaid insurance fees scandal.
But the season of new beginnings is now upon them and Isis has reinvented itself.
Under the new banner of the Isis Crushers, the Childers-based club will field a team in this year's Spring Cup.
And secretary Greg Collie said the town was buzzing with excitement.
“It was a bad winter for us; it all just went wrong,” Collie said.
“But we have turned it around and everyone is just keen to get out on the field.”
Isis played the majority of last winter season but were dumped at the midway point because management was unable to pay just under $2000 to Australian Rugby Union for player insurance.
Collie conceded that the new management this season was “in over its heads” at the beginning of 2009.
“President Wayne Cook was probably trying to do a bit too much at the time but we have a good supporting cast now,” Collie said.
Cook and Collie dipped into their own pockets to pay the insurance.
And in the off-season the club secured a new sponsor, Childers East End Backpackers.
“We're very excited about the new season,” Collie said.