PRESENT & FUTURE: Members of the U14s, Ladies and Seniors squads represent the coming years of Biloela Rugby.
PRESENT & FUTURE: Members of the U14s, Ladies and Seniors squads represent the coming years of Biloela Rugby. Aaron Goodwin

Club celebrates history

THE Biloela Rugby Union Club will celebrate a 40 year reunion later in the month, with players and members of the past keen to reflect on the club's history.

Rod McDonald, who first laced up for the club back in 1986, said that things have certainly changed around the club.

"The facilities have got a lot better,” Mr McDonald said. "They've done a lot of improvements to the clubhouse, it was just a shed when I started.

"Now there's roller doors, awnings out the front, outdoor kitchen, proper bar, it's just changed a lot.”

During McDonald's time at the club, the U19s won back-to-back premierships, and Rod played in a A grade premiership in the late 80s.

For McDonald, the reunion is a great occasion to catch up with old mates, who are coming far and wide to be apart of the celebrations.

"I've been catching up with a few different people over the past six months at different occasions

"There's a lot of people coming from all over the place, up north, Brisbane, one bloke from Tasmania

"People coming from everywhere so it should be really good.”

Tim Hollingworth, current club President, discussed the recent success and development of the club.

"Start of 2018 we stepped up into the Rockhampton A grade competition,” Mr Hollingworth said.

"Our first season in A grade we made the semi-finals.

"2015 and 2106 we won back-to-back premierships in the Rockhampton reserve grade competition as well.

Hollingworth hopes a fresh crop of juniors and ladies players can develop at the the club.

"Now we've got a solid U14s team, and we hope to develop those juniors for the years to come,” Mr Hollingworth said. "This year is our third season of ladies 7 a-side competition.

"It's slowly getting bigger in the district with the Capricornian coast with teams in Rockhampton and Yeppoon.”

The club have done all they can to make the reunion as memorable as possible.

"We've put invitations out to as many of the old boys of the club that we can find,” Mr Hollingworth said.

"They”ll be a jumping castle for the kids in the afternoon, our juniors and ladies teams will play and a pig on the spit.

"We've ordered 23 reunion jerseys to be auctioned off on the day.

"Having those jerseys and the old boys will be a very successful day.”

McDonald encouraged the community to get involved with the club and lace up the boots.

"I'd like to see more players,” Mr McDonald said.

"They're struggling for numbers at the moment, so I'd like to see more young blokes down there to play the game.

"It's got a bit to do with different people working at mines or doing shift work so they're only available two weeks out of every month.”

The reunion is on June 29, 11am, at the Biloela Rugby Union Fields.


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