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Community corner: Search for the next Shelly Roberton

We’re looking for the next Shelly Roberton.

The Ipswich volunteer was the QRL Shell V-Power Volunteer of the Year in 2022, a credit to her dedication in so many roles, always with a smile and can-do attitude.

We know with about 10,000 volunteers putting their hand up at clubs across the South East region, there’s more like her out there deserving of accolades for their tireless work.

Shell V-Power Volunteer of the Year: Shelly Roberton

This year we’re getting in early to recognise our volunteers, with nominations open and the deadline fast approaching for the 2023 QRL Volunteer of the Year awards.

The only way we can celebrate these wonderful people and give them their due recognition is by you telling us who is deserving and why.

You can find out more about the categories in which you can nominate a standout peer by filling out the nomination form here. You can send in a written or video nomination. Entries close on March 31.

Nominators go in the draw for a $200 equipment hub voucher, while the award winner receives an Ultimate State of Origin Experience aligned on the day of Game II at Suncorp Stadium (June 21), including tickets to the big clash.


The 2023 QRL Community Volunteer Award nominations are now open! This is a terrific chance to celebrate the incredible...

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Outside of that, what you can do is recognise the volunteers at your club every day. The every day thank you for doing good for little things that have been done can go a long way.

It helps them understand they are appreciated for what they’re doing, because we as a game certainly appreciate them and without them, 27,000 people in the South East don’t get an opportunity to play.

Many hands make light work no offer of volunteering assistance is too small, so speak to your local club committee about what needs to be done and get involved.

We’re also on the hunt for more team staff to join the rollout of RISE programs for 2023. We had a good turnout for our RISE coaches and managers conference last week and they need some support to make sure we get the best outcomes for our participants across the South East.

The RISE program, which will this year lead in to the QRL rebel State Development Series for players aged 13 to 15, is the pathway beyond community rugby league for aspiring players and coaches.

Expressions of interest for staff can be made to QRL RISE coordinator Tammy Quirke via email.

Player registrations are now open for the Under 13 Boys, Under 14 Boys, Under 14 Girls and Under 16 Girls programs. Find out more details here. 

Shout out

A shout out to the Currumbin Eagles committee for organising a team to enter the South East’s senior female competition in 2023, supported by Jillaroos coach Brad Donald and Rugby League Gold Coast. They’ve also established a link with Tweed Seagulls’ BMD Premiership side, in what will help grow the game for the southern Gold Coast.

Key dates

March 18-19 – Brisbane and Gold Coast opening weekend

March 25-26 – Ipswich opening weekend

March 26 – RISE player registrations close

March 31 - Nominations close for 2023 QRL Volunteer of the Year Awards

Celebrating our team

Nic Hall

Role: League and club coordinator, Ipswich          

Hometown: Ipswich       

Favourite Maroons player: Greg Inglis or Cam Munster  

Favourite Maroons Origin moment: Ben Hunt scoring the game sealing intercept try in the 2022 series    

Why you love your job: I love my job because I am passionate about rugby league and specifically in Ipswich. The relationships I have made from rugby league I will keep forever and although our role is tough at times, all the difficulties are thrown out the window once the players cross the white line on to the field.

What Nic brings to the team: Nic brings a wealth of experience and knowledge since joining the QRL as a trainee back in 2017 with the statewide competitions team. Nic has a great connection to the community which has built strong relationships in Ipswich. Nic is also a strong supporter of club canteens – so if you see him at your club's canteen, make sure you say hello. 

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