Queensland Cup is coming to Whitsundays
THE Whitsundays is set to host a Queensland Cup match in a huge coup for rugby league in the region.
Whitsunday Brahmans' spokesperson Michael Lee said the club was initially hoping to host a trial game, but instead will host a Queensland Cup match for premiership points.
The Brahmans have ties to Q-Cup team Souths Logan Magpies, who boast four former Brahmans in Travis Waddell, Sam Gardel, Darcy Wright and Grant Cooke.
Lee said the club's motivation to host a Q-Cup fixture stemmed from the region's youth.
"The reason we want a Q-Cup game here is because we've got four young kids there [Souths Logan]. We want to be able to give our younger kids a view that they have a path in football," he said.
"With those four blokes who are playing, they weren't always super stars, but when they came of age they worked hard, and that's why they've succeeded. That's what we're going to put forward to the kids." Late last week the Whitsunday Regional Council agreed to provide the Brahmans $5000 in sponsorship to host the Queensland Cup match and a coaching clinic at Les Stagg Oval.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney said council is pleased to be able to provide support to the Brahmans in bringing a match from the highest level of competition in Queensland.
"As part of improving the game, the long term viability within the junior ranks, and providing quality experiences for the community, Proserpine Rugby League Football is seeking support to host a home game with the bonus addition of a Queensland Cup game," she said. "In addition to the Queensland Cup game, the club is looking at conducting a junior coaching clinic over the course of the weekend."
It is unknown when the fixture will take place, as the Q-Cup schedule has not been released yet.
It is believed the Mackay Cutters or the Townsville Blackhawks are the most likely opponents for the Magpies when the Whitsunday match takes place.