GALLERY: Saints rejoice after wins on and off the field
A SOUTH Burnett sporting club is celebrating after achieving an off-the-field win at the weekend.
South Burnett Saints' Lyle Vidler Oval home ground was buzzing with energy as players and members flocked to the club's first Pink Ladies Day Out on Saturday.
The women's game at 12.30pm launched the day's events, as Saints players wore pink socks and pink hair accessories in their clash against South Toowoomba.
South Burnett Saints president Andrew Foley praised the efforts of the local Aussie rules community for a tremendous day out.
"I haven't got the final total but I'm pretty sure we raised over $1000 for the McGrath Foundation,” Foley said.
"I think everyone thought it was a fantastic day and we had a really good turnout.
"We achieved all our goals we set out for the day.
"We raised awareness for the club, hopefully increased our membership base and also raised money to go towards a worthy charity.
"The club will definitely be hosting another Pink Ladies Day Out next year.”
The Saints men's players ran onto the field at 2.30pm after applying streaks of pink zinc to their faces to show their support for the event.
Coaches, crew and guests were also sporting pink attire as they cheered from the sidelines.
Former Bulldogs player and coach Christian Hunt was part of the crowd .
Based at the Sunshine Coast, Hunt works for AFL Queensland as an infrastructure and facilities planner.
Hunt said he was passionate about community football and was thrilled to be witnessing a special event bring club members together for an even greater cause.
"I love the fact that the club has a women's team,” Hunt said.
"Women's football deserves so much, whether it be Kingaroy or any footy club.
"It changes the dynamic, creates a better volunteer base and just makes it so much better for everyone involved.”
Through his role with AFL Queensland, Hunt travels from the north of Brisbane to the Darling Downs and right up to Central Queensland.
He said he applauded the South Burnett club's ability to give back to Kingaroy and the greater region.
"It's got to be more than a footy club,” Hunt said.
"I think it's imperative for clubs to host these days, whether it's showing support for women's day, men's days, domestic violence, indigenous communities, or other important causes,” he said.
Guests were treated to a special pink drink of Pimms and lemonade while enjoying the quality football on offer.
The South Toowoomba women's team beat the Saints 37-6 in the women's game, while the Saints men's team were victorious over their opposition 87-69.