The Cabarlah Community Hall was used by the Highfields Rugby League Club as the venue of questionable “fundraising” techniques.
The Cabarlah Community Hall was used by the Highfields Rugby League Club as the venue of questionable “fundraising” techniques. Bev Lacey

Porn fundraiser sparks storm

UPDATE: THE Highfields Rugby League Club which is at the centre of the "Porn and Prawn" scandal have been summoned by the Queensland Rugby League to show cause as to why they should be allowed to remain in the local competition.

The hearing will be held tonight in Toowoomba.

Senior Rugby League officals from both the Queensland Rugby League and Australian Rugby League are fuming the club has bought the game into disrepute.

Queensland Rugby League south-west regional coordinator Shane McNally said he was disappointed the event occurred.

"We have contacted the Highfields Rugby League club to explain their actions," Mr McNally said.

"Their conduct over the weekend certainly has not helped the image of the game, its definitely a set back," he added

The club organised a night of sex, smut, booze and strippers at the Cabarlah Community Hall at the weekend.

Nearby resident Cheryl Morley was disgusted that the “Porn and Prawn” night on Saturday organised by the Highfields A Grade team, which forfeited its match the following day, was allowed to proceed.

A poster promoting the event bears the Queensland Rugby League logo and is a slap in the face for the Australian National Rugby League which has spent millions of dollars each year promoting its Women in League program.

“The event involved strippers, prostitutes and sex.

"It was an absolute disgrace what was going on in that hall,” Ms Morley said.

“It was a brothel and nothing less,” she said.

The community hall, on Toowoomba Regional Council land, is operated by the Geham Sports and Festival Committee.

To make matters worse, the hall borders the Cabarlah Pony Club grounds where families and children were camping before a carnival the following day.

They were also subjected to the events occurring inside the hall.

“The screams and howls from the men inside made me ashamed to be human,” Ms Morley said.

“Is there some code of conduct that prevents this sickening crap being classed as entertainment for fundraising purposes?

"Is this the type of behaviour that sportsmen think kids should look up to?”

Highfields Rugby League president Bob Pearce dismissed the event as a “bit of fun” when contacted by The Chronicle.

“It is just a fundraising event for God's sake,” Mr Pearce said.

“I was not there, but I was aware that there was going to be strippers, etc, but as to what actually went on I cannot comment,” he added.

 


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