'The website broke down': Record numbers for Broncos clinic
ORGANISERS of Murgon's Brisbane Broncos junior rugby league clinic were left overwhelmed this week.
A staggering 268 future footy stars turned up to the Burnett Broncos Clinic at the Murgon Showgrounds on Wednesday.
NRL game development officer for the South Burnett, Blake Mara, said the registrations came in thick and fast, like a young, agile second rower.
"We thought we'd probably get about hundred kids,” he said.
"But as we got closer and closer to the event, it started to really blow up.
"The website broke down.”
As well as receiving a free footy, the kids enjoyed the fun skills and game session with the Brisbane Broncos development staff.
Coaches included former Broncos women's coach Paul Dyer, game development officer Wayne Weekes, and former Broncos' star winger Michael Hancock.
Mara said the unprecedented number for a grassroots sporting event was the biggest sign that our region had a big appetite for rugby league.
"We have got a great area,” he said.
"We've started to build a good rapport between clubs.
"I know when I first got here the region had that divide, but people are starting to come together as a South Burnett community.”
The Broncos' coaches were assisted by a group of passionate under-14 and under-16 South Burnett Eagles players.
According to Mara, seeing the young players offer their support to their younger clubmates spoke volumes about the type of young leaders they were.
He said, given that a large part of being a good sportsperson is who you were off the field, the region's young players were sure to go far.
"Paul Dyer said, '0.5 per cent of rugby league players are lucky if they get to play rugby league professionally in their life',” Mara said.
"It's more important they are developing good habits from the game.”
Broncos coaches conduct clinics all over the state, but Mara said even they were overwhelmed by the turnout at Murgon.
"They were over the moon,” he said.
"They don't always get that kind of response.”