Hope you have all recovered from Activate! Queensland Country Week.
Rugby league shows time and time again that it is more than just a game and the recent Activate! Queensland Country Week round was a testament to that fact, with people travelling from far and wide - not only to catch the on-field action, but to be part of the community activities.
I just wanted to thank you all for your contributions to make the weekend a very successful event. It takes an enormous amount of effort and collaboration for the initiative to work and I have heard nothing but positive reports back from all attendees.
Thank you to the volunteers, committee members and club officials who went above and beyond to make our players and staff feel very welcomed.
I was lucky enough to go out to Chinchilla with my family. The Chinchilla Bulldogs hosted Country Week... they have been waiting a couple years to host after the cancellation of the 2020 event.
Through the weekend, we also linked with Drought Angels out there... we went to a function on the Friday night, and they really told some great stories.
We heard about the farmers and their plight through the drought and how the Drought Angels have been a magnificent organisation to keep them afloat so that was a really, really touching evening actually, sitting on hay bales around camp fires at their centre in Chinchilla and it was really good... it was really enjoyable event.
On the Saturday for the footy, there were more than 1000 people there that showed up to watch footy all day.
Chinchilla also played the Wallumbilla Surat Red Bulls in both Reserve Grade and A Grade on either side of the Intrust Super Cup game. The players from Burleigh Bears and Wynnum Manly Seagulls were really open and accessible and really got involved with the kids and it was a great weekend all-round, a lot of enjoyment was had.
Every other venue that hosted, we have had nothing but positive reports from both the venue hosts - Richmond, Quilpie, Murgon, Gladstone, Atherton, Dysart - and the Intrust Super Cup player and clubs who went out there.
Thanks to the game development officers, Queensland Rugby League staff and service providers and club staff who conducted the many school and community visits across the week that expose our game to future members or contributed in any way to delivering our product.
And thank you to the Intrust Super Cup clubs for opening your doors and highlighting the many quality individuals we have playing and administering our great game.
We hope you enjoyed the weekend as much as our players and staff did.
Thanks again for all of your efforts, please pass on our thanks to all of your volunteers.