DEVASTATED: Panthers Rugby League Football Club president Pat Barron is putting the pieces back together after the club was broken into over the weekend.
DEVASTATED: Panthers Rugby League Football Club president Pat Barron is putting the pieces back together after the club was broken into over the weekend. Vanessa Jarrett

The final kick in the guts for Biloela footy club

IT'S not the way this Biloela football club had envisioned ending their season.

Coming off the high of a great home game, Panthers Rugby League Football Club president Pat Barron received a phone call early Monday morning with devastating news - the Panthers clubhouse had been broken into.

"It is disheartening, you work all year,” he said.

"There is only a group of four or five of us that work hard all year.

"You come to the end of the season and think you got through it and then you get a phone call on Monday morning at 7 o'clock to find someone has broken into the clubhouse.”

Thieves took eight to nine bottles of spirits, four to five cartons of beer, the scoreboard computer system, the till (nomoney was inside), merchandise, a wallet and a wheelie bin.

"They took all the things we need to replace,” Barron said.

"That's the thing, the grog is not so bad but the computer for the scoreboard, we are up for a lot of money with that.”

Thieves tried to break into the club through the besser block on the outside of the building.
Thieves tried to break into the club through the besser block on the outside of the building. Vanessa Jarrett

It all costs a lot of money for the volunteer-run club.

"We are floating just above the red now as it is,” Barron said.

Financially, the money to fund the club comes from home games.

"The only thing that supports this club is when people come and drink at the bar, they eat at the canteen,” Barron said.

"That is where we get our money from.”

The club tries to get community groups involved in the home games.

"It is all volunteer, our canteen we get the suicide presentation GGGB group from the high school, the Men's Shed does the gate and we give each of them a donation,” he said.

"By getting community groups to help us out we are trying to go one step better.

"So we don't make much money and when we do it goes back into the community.”

So for a break-in like this to happen it is "a kick in the guts”.

Holes were smashed in the bathroom ceiling and walls as they tried to get into the bar.
Holes were smashed in the bathroom ceiling and walls as they tried to get into the bar. Vanessa Jarrett

Despite the break-in, Barron thanked the crowd on Saturday night for their support at the home game and throughout all the games this year and previous years.

"It's unbelievable, you cannot fault the community for what they have done towards backing us,” he said.

"It is hard out there and everyone knows we're all doing tough at the moment.

"Whenever there is football we get a good crowd here.”

He also thanked the police for their quick and dedicated work.

"The police were unbelievable, the detective was here straight up in the morning,” he said.

"Then they got the forensics over from Gladstone and they were fantastic.

"The detective, you couldn't ask for a nicer fella in the way he handled it.

"We just have to wait for the fingerprints to come back and see what comes off.

"Hopefully they will catch them.”

The club may have to tighten up security measures to prevent this from happening in the future.

"We want to put in lights and light it up a bit more but the biggest problem is the cost of things,” Barron said.

PANTHERS Rugby League Club was broken into on Sunday night, there was a considerable amount of damage done to gain entry, the bar was ransacked and alcohol, a purse and laptop were stolen.

A wheelie bin was used to take the stolen goods away.

If anyone has any information or saw or heard anyone moving a wheelie bin down the street on the evening of Sunday, August 5, could they please contact CrimeStoppers or Biloela Police.

Between 3/8 and 4/8 two kayaks were stolen from the Callide Dam area. One is yellow, the other yellow and green. Information please?

A nearly brand new Malvern Star bike was handed in to the police station and the rightful owner was found on Tuesday.

We have had some valuable motorcycle clothing handed in, if anyone has lost some.

It was found in a dustbin and may have been stolen.

Police charged a 35-year-old local male with possession of methylamphetamines and a utensil after they searched him leaving a Don Street address.

He will be appearing next court day (August 29).

ICE is here in Biloela and is having serious effects on people who take it, their families and the whole community.

Help the police do something about it.

Dob in a druggie! You may help save their life.

Lock your car! Every week police take reports of valuables being stolen from cars that are unlocked.

Please don't leave wallets purses in cars. Lock it or lose it.


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