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THE Bundaberg Rugby League and Northern Districts Rugby League recently combined to host a Women in League dinner to thank all their female volunteers for the countless hours they contribute to rugby league in a variety of roles.

The dinner was held last Friday, July 5, at Gin Gin State School Hall with deputy principal of the school Adam Fritz the MC for the evening.

Avondale secretary Rebecca Kampf did the Welcome to Country, with 14-year-old Quinn Olsen speaking about Why We Are Here.

The surprise of the night was that four women received Women of the Year awards for more than 20 years of service to their clubs and league.

Dianne Bush (Avondale) and Karen Finlay (Gin Gin) were selected from NDRL with Dot Pearce (Easts) and Lynley Bartlett (Isis) selected from Bundaberg Rugby League.

The women were presented with a gift and certificate frame by BRC Mayor Forman and Cnr Wayne Honor and later on in the evening they also cut the Women in League cake.

Guest speakers were Central Division Manager Rex Zeeman and LeagueNet educator Kathryn Austen.

There was also a silent auction which raised funds towards next years dinner.

There was also a Remembrance Garden which raised money for the McGrath Foundation which was very well supported on the night.

Women in League spokesperson Sonya Olsen said the night was a great success, but it would not have been possible without the support of Teresa Lynn and Karen Finlay, along with the team of workers who had designated jobs on the night.

She also thanked Adam Frits, Gary and Karen Finlay, Teresa Lynn, Ron and Amber Larsen, Philip Lindsay, Luke Franklin, Quinn Olsen, Russell Braund and Dani Hair.

The sponsors Bundaberg Rugby League, Northern Districts Rugby League, Harvey Norman, Tackle world, 1st Choice, Gin Gin Village Motor Inn, Olsen Crew, Karen Finlay, the Avondale, Gin Gin, Miriam Vale and South Kolan Clubs, Brisbane Broncos and Manly Sea Eagles - were also thanked for their contribution.

The photographer for the night was Neil Redfern and people can view photos from the event via this link


IN the Northern Districts Rugby League fixtures for the weekend, Agnes Water beat Avondale 32-22 and South Kolan had to forfeit so Miriam Vale were awarded the win 30-0.

So as not to disappoint the crowd at Miriam Vale on Saturday night; three Magpies pulled on South Kolan jerseys and played in the composite side to actually win the friendly match 40-32.

Well done to Glenn Cox (who also had a game for Gin Gin last year), Steve Brookes and William Ervine for playing against their teammates to ensure the game went ahead.
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