THE Clermont rugby union season kicked off on Saturday with the Clermont Bush Pigs hosting their pre-season match against Mackay City, followed by the launch of the club’s future plans.
Despite the wet and boggy conditions, the Bush Pigs game and launch of the future plans for the club drew a great crowd, an indicator the rugby union supporters are ready to get behind their local team for the 2011 season.
“The supporters turned it on - Channel 7 even turned up,” Bush Pigs futures committee member John Lund said.
Considering the Bush Pigs’ pre-season fitness levels, many new faces to the team and the wet conditions that the game was played in, the team played well.
Unfortunately, the final score was 13 – 3 with Mackay City winning on the day.
“I’m very happy with the game. We’ve got a lot of young players. The first quarter was a great start, however the team slipped in the second and third quarters, but then came home strong in the final quarter. Unfortunately it was just too little too late,” Bush Pigs coach Josh Scott said.
The Bush Pigs’ three points for players’ player went to Dylan Breckon, with Blake Edwards winning two points and Scott Wilkinson one point.
It is an exciting time for the Bush Pigs as they start to implement plans for the future incorporating both a facility development plan and club development plan.
Both were developed with the assistance of a consultant funded by a grant from Rio Tinto’s Coal Australia Community Development Fund.
Ramping up junior development, enhancing sponsorship relations, increasing member numbers and building a home for the homeless Piggies and other sporting clubs in Clermont, are some of the strategies for the future in the development plan.
The Bush Pigs have banded together with other local users of the sports fields, also having approached the Isaac Regional Council for support with developing the sports grounds in Clermont, which have seen little change since the 1970s.
Undoubtedly these strategies will go a long way towards building a facility that will be made available for use by other local homeless sporting clubs, ensuring this venture and the sports field will benefit the whole Clermont community.
“All this needs is for local people to get excited about it, we’re excited about other sporting clubs becoming involved and other clubs have said they are just as excited,” Lund said.
The sponsors too are getting behind the Bush Pigs and their plans.
Craig Wade, from sponsor CQ Ag Service, offered a few words of encouragement to the club and community.
“CQ Ag Services gets a lot of benefit from sponsoring the Clermont Bush Pigs and I encourage all those farmers who utilise CQ Ag Service to turn their Top Cropper points to cash through an arrangement put together especially for the Bush Pigs facility fundraiser,” he said.
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