Broncos stars drop in to Moranbah
THE Brisbane Broncos will flood Moranbah next week as part of Arrow Energy's Bowen Blitz.
Arrow is sending legendary coach Wayne Bennett and his faithful charges to the town for two days jam-packed with community engagements.
Broncos 2011 Rookie of the Year Jack Reed is no stranger to regional town visits.
"I'm always injured unfortunately, so I always put my hand up," Reed said.
"I've been to Moranbah a couple of times, it's a lovely little place."
While Reed has been to the town before, most of his teammates will be visiting for the first time.
"It's the first time the Broncos have been out there," he said.
"We're looking forward to getting out to the community.
"It's always good to see the kids."
Reed, born in England, said grassroots rugby league in Australia was different to in his home country on the occasions he had been back.
"I've been lucky enough to go back for the Four Nations," he said.
"It's definitely different.
"You're probably not as well-known there as you are here.
"Football out in the country towns is massive."
With such a full schedule in Moranbah, he said the Broncos would get to see just about everyone in the community.
"That's always a positive with the small towns," he said.
The Bowen Blitz kicks off with an Arrow Energy Leadership Forum at the Moranbah Community Centre at 5.45pm on Wednesday.
Thursday is the busiest day, with players conducting education activities at Moranbah State High, Moranbah East State and Moranbah State schools, and at Isaac Regional Council Library at 10am, before a civic reception at the Moranbah Town Square at noon.
They will then host a junior rugby league clinic from 3.30pm at Darryl Burke Oval.
The visitors will close out the day with a community barbecue fundraiser for Moranbah Miners Rugby League Football Club at 5pm.
An early start on Friday will see a community breakfast in Moranbah Town Square at 7am, followed by visits to MELC Child Care and Simply Sunshine Child Care to close out the trip.
Utility Matt Gillett said the Bowen Blitz was the perfect community event to kick off 2015 and meet regional supporters.
"I'm really looking forward to getting up to Moranbah and meeting our fans," Gillett said.
"It's going to be an action-packed visit and there will be plenty of opportunities to meet the people who cheer us on.
"This will be the first time the squad has been involved in a regional visit of this size and scale, so I encourage all of our supporters in Moranbah and surrounds to come along and say g'day."
To participate in the Arrow Energy Leadership Forum or the junior league clinic, register at http://www.arrowenergy.com.au.