Biloela juniors tackle dry spell

WHEN asked what he thought about the new turf on the Biloela junior league field Denzel Borthwick’s eyes lit up and his face broke into a smile.

“I can’t wait till next season,” the under-8s star said. “At least we won’t have to tackle each other in the dirt and the ground will be soft too,” Denzel said.

Denzel will be one of more than 100 junior rugby league players to benefit from the hardworking committee and generosity and support of several local businesses who have chipped in to help install rainwater tanks at the clubhouse, purchase irrigation equipment and lay turf on the field.

New junior league president Wes Hepner said it had been a big job, but it was a job that had to be done.

“Mate, last year the kids were training in a cloud of dust, there was no grass on the field and it was rock hard.

“It was pretty tough on the boys to train and tackle in those conditions, so we’ve decided to do something about it.”

Sporting clubs in Biloela are prohibited from using town water to irrigate their fields and in a bid to keep the new turf alive the junior league club has been using water donated to and purchased by the club.

“We just want to the community to know that the club is doing the right thing and is not using council water,” Wes said.

“We are getting the water trucked in and pumped into our tanks.”

Wes made special mention of McCrackens, Shekar Constructions, Lee Crane Hire, McAleese and Coates Hire for their assistance.

“We have had a lot of help from a lot of businesses and volunteers within the club,” he said.

“They have all chipped in because they want to see the kids playing footy again next year.”

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