New rugby league president to tackle on-field violence
AFTER many years of service the South Burnett Rugby League president has stepped down, and Officer in Charge of Kingaroy Police Station Senior Sergeant Dave Tierney has stepped up to tackle on field violence among junior players.
Greg Pomfret left the position when there were just five weeks to go.
"Since the season is just about over I'm the temporary president until the end of the season," Tierney said.
"I'm going to go for president at the next AGM.
"But, it all depends on whether I get voted in or not."
Tierney said he has big plans for next year if he is able to secure the position of president.
"I really want to change things for the better," he said.
"Put more of a focus on teamwork and mateship.
"And really start to address some of the violence that happens on field."
Tierney said he has been quite concerned by the amount of violence on field this season, particularly during the junior games.
"Parents should feel safe bringing their kids to play a game of footy," he said.
"I'm going to come down hard on violence on the field and push for the clubs to become more involved, and take a stand against violence.
"I get that sometimes stuff happens on the field. But, that shouldn't be the case for junior games."
Tierney said it's important to focus on mateship over winning.
"I know kids like to win and get trophies, particularly this time of year with semi finals coming up," he said.
"I really would rather see the clubs pushing the importance of mateship.
"That's what this is all about after all."
When reminiscing on his time playing for a local footy team, Tierney said it's the teamwork and sense of mateship that has stuck by him.
"I played footy growing up and to this day some of my best friends I know are from my footy teams," he said.
"Sure we won premierships and made it to finals, but that's not what was important to me.
"The memories I treasure are the friendships I made and everything I learnt from playing a team sport.
"The biggest thing I learnt was not letting your mates down. That's what is really important here, and what I would be pushing as president."