Fresh off their State of Origin win against the Blues, the Queensland Maroons will visit the Southern Downs region in July for a training session and a host of community events to boot.
In what promises to be a win after the Southern Downs’ recent flood devastation, Maroons coach Billy Slater and his team have set aside two days—5-6 July—from their Origin campaign to meet with local fans during events and festivities organised by council.
Warwick will no doubt be awash with maroon over the two days, with events including a fundraising dinner and breakfast, a show-stopping street parade along Palmerin Street, giveaways, a best-dressed window competition for local businesses and residents, and free community barbecue breakfast in Leslie Park.
Budding rugby league players will have the opportunity to take part in a junior clinic (6-12 years and 13-17 years), and fans will be able to watch the Maroons train at the home of the Warwick Cowboys.
Maroons coach Billy Slater said he’s excited about the impact the event will have on both his team and the community.
“These fans days have a long and proud history of supporting regional towns who have experienced hardship due to natural disasters like floods and drought,” Slater said.
“Like many other towns, Warwick has endured its challenges recently and we’re really pleased to know that our group is going to have an opportunity to make a difference to the community in the area.
“At the same time, it gives us an opportunity to connect with the people of Queensland and this is an important part of our Origin campaign.
“The Queensland Maroons are an inspiration to our state and we look forward to bringing some joy to Warwick in July.”
Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said it would be an honour to host the Maroons, particularly amid their Origin campaign preparations.
“We are excited to show Billy Slater and his Maroons team why Southern Downs is a great place to live, work, play and stay as they prepare for Game 3 of the Origin series right here in our backyard,” Mayor Pennisi said.
“There are a lot of synergies between the Maroons and our community – both demonstrate resilience and determination to power through challenging times.
“Let’s make this regional fan event one the team and community remember for years to come!”