A dream fulfilled for stars
FOUR under-seven junior rugby league teams have made their debut at Suncorp Stadium in front of a roaring Brisbane crowd.
And for one Gladstone team, it was an opportunity to shine on the big stage.
Gladstone Brothers took on the Caboolture Snakes in the curtain-raiser to the Brisbane Broncos and Sydney Roosters clash, won by Broncos.
The Slater and Gordon Broncos Mini-League experience gives junior Queensland teams the opportunity to play in the footsteps of their sporting idols.
Brisbane Broncos chief executive Paul White said the Slater and Gordon Broncos Mini-League was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"The kids ran out on to the field on Thursday night like true rugby league stars, taking to the field in front of their family, friends and a cheering crowd,” White said.
"The mini-league experience gives junior players the opportunity to play in a world-class stadium where over one million people attend events each year.”
Slater and Gordon general manager Karen Simpson said: "Not only did many of these kids step foot into the stadium for the first time on Thursday night they were given their own 15 minutes in the spotlight.
"Slater and Gordon is proud to be a part of the mini-league experience, encouraging the younger generations to pursue their sporting dreams.”