Seagulls swoop to help flood victims
Maryborough and Hervey Bay share a healthy rivalry on the football field but those differences were put aside on Sunday when players from the whale city lent a helping hand during the ongoing flood clean up operations.
A dozen Hervey Bay Seagulls senior and junior rugby league players and officials spent five hours doorknocking homes and helping Maryborough residents whose lives have been devastated by the second major flood in three years.
Seagulls’ spokesperson David Yarrow the club felt for its neighbours who had been impacted and offered to lend some muscle to the clean up.
“Until you see it for yourself you don’t realise just what a mess many homes and businesses in Maryborough are in,” Mr Yarrow said.
“I am sure it was an eye opener for some of the younger players to see such devastation.
“They put in about five hours work pulling damaged property from homes which was good to see.”
Mr Yarrow said the club would be participating in a number of community events this season in an attempt to improve the club’s connection with the wider community.
“Rugby league has a certain stigma attached to it but we want to show the community that the rugby league community does care and we will get involved in community events this year.
“It’s about teaching the players that they are part of the wider community and instilling a culture.
“We have plenty of club spirit and that needs to be extended to community spirit in times such as this.”
The Seagulls begin their season with the annual Barry Denduck Memorial Day to be held at Stafford Park, Torquay, on February 16.
The Seagulls A grade team will play a match against Biloela prior to a women’s invitational match and the main match between a Cherbourg Indigenous Invitational team and a Hervey Bay Indigenous invitation team.