Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall met with Macintyre Warriors Rugby League Football Club President Peter Rice at the football ground in Boggabilla recently.
Monday, 21 March 2016
BOGGABILLA’s newly formed rugby league club, the Macintyre Warriors, has received a very welcome boost on the eve of the football season with Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall MP today announcing a $5,500 grant to purchase a storage container for the club’s equipment.
Premier Mike Baird approved the funding after being approached by Mr Marshall with the request for assistance.
The local MP visited Boggabilla earlier in the month to meet Macintyre Warriors Club President Peter Rice and discuss plans for the future development of the town’s football ground.
“Peter first approached me in November last year with his plans to re-establish football within the Boggabilla and Toomelah communities,” Mr Marshall said
“The club will be using the old Boggabilla football ground for their home games and training; they are in reasonable order and the Moree Plains Shire Council will assist with the grounds maintenance and upkeep.
“The council has also chipped in with a $3,000 grant to help the club purchase training equipment and jerseys thus their urgent need for a container.
“I’m delighted the Premier responded to my request for funding for the club and offered this financial support.”
Mr Marshall said the club has been accepted into the Group 19 competition and at the moment had an A grade team and a ladies league tag side.
“They will be playing in a preseason round robin competition this weekend in Ashford and the competition proper begins the week after Easter,” he said.
“It’s a very exciting time for the local community, it’s been quite a while since they’ve had a football team and it’s certainly generated a lot of interest in the district.”
Macintyre Warriors Rugby League Football Club President Peter Rice said it was a great start for the club and they appreciated receiving this financial support.
“The container will serve a dual purpose, it will store all our training gear and on match days in Boggabilla we will turn it into a little canteen to sell a few refreshments,” Mr Rice said.
“The container doors will open from the sides and we’ll place a little gazebo out the front.
“We’re not sure exactly where we will place it; it may have to be over near the amenities block to have access to water and power.”