Club goes all out to make race day a success
BROTHERS Junior Rugby League Club is used to playing away from home, being the only team not to play on its home turf because it is not up to scratch.
On Saturday the Brothers club will play on another unfamiliar ground, but not in the rugby league realm.
Instead, the club is using the Gladstone races as a fundraiser, hosting the first race day since April.
It is the second year the junior club has hosted the race day, and after having wait in line for the chance, the club does not want to give it up.
Despite being the second year of what will become and annual event, it is the first year a particular organising committee has taken on the job.
Sponsorship and fundraising member Rebecca Long and marketing organiser Raymond Hill are on the job, and are hoping they can deliver a knock-out day.
"People are excited about it but we are competing with other events," Long said. "I can't wait until the day."
Long and Hill have spent three months planning the event.
Hill said his inspiration was to try and bring something different to the races, out of the ordinary.
"We will try to breathe some life into it," he laughed. "We want everyone there to cheer on the races themselves."
Eventually, the pair want the day to be the major fundraiser for the club, and lead to a multi-sports facility at Blain Drive.
"Our goal ultimately is to upgrade our facilities into a multi-sport complex, which would get cricket and athletics involved here as well," Long said.
For now though, the teams will keep playing where they can, working hard, and racing towards a bright future.
There will be six live races at the event, with auctions, raffles, lucky door prizes and fashions on the field, with prizes for the best dressed male, female and couple.
Tickets are $75 per person which includes a two course meal and beer, wine or soft drink on arrival.