Day One Delivers the Fun in Rockhampton
Wednesday 6 February 2013 1:09 AM
Bulldogs players visited more than 1000 kids on day one of the 2013 NRL Community Carnival which saw James Graham, Moses Mbye, Josh Jackson and recently retired Corey Payne visit flood ravaged Rockhampton as part of a three day trip.
Players' spread the “Tackle Bullying” message to students, openly discussing different types of bullying and how students can overcome the issue if it happens to them or someone they know.
Bullying is a hot topic at the moment with 1 in 4 students exposed to bullying of some form.
The Club’s visit to Rockhampton almost fell through with ravaging flood waters surrounding the town and closing the airport for a number of days. Flying in over Rockhampton the players could see firsthand the flood conditions, with the river still very high and rushing quickly out to sea.
The warning of crocodiles loose in town and an increased number of snakes about put the players on edge, in particular English export James Graham who is still getting used to the Australian wildlife. A croc is yet to be spotted, but with two more days to come anything can happen.
After a day of school visits the players headed to Browne Park, the home of Rockhampton League Club where a free skills session was held for locals. A great turnout of kids kept the players busy, running drills, answering lots of questions, signing autographs and posing for photos with eager supporters.
It was great to see a number of our Queensland based Bulldogs members come down to meet the players including Ben and Emma Marsden.
Ben Barba was the stand out Bulldogs favourite for the Marsden kids.
Young Ben Marsden thought it was “awesome” to have the Bulldogs in town. “I have been waiting my whole life to have the Bulldogs come and visit”, said Ben who couldn’t wait to get the player’s autographs and have his photo taken with them.
Twelve year old sister Emma is looking forward to having the players visit her school on Thursday. “I can’t wait; everyone at school is so excited for the visit.”
A Bulldogs supporter since birth thanks to the dedication of mum and dad Emma declared, “I love being a Bulldogs member, we get lots of awesome merchandise. We only get to a few games each year but my favourite game so far was definitely the double header in Brisbane”.
With two more action packed days in Rockhampton to go – the players are excited to visit the students and schools of Rockhampton.
If you live near the Rockhampton / Yeppoon area the players will be at Webb Park, Yeppoon on Wednesday, February 6 from 4.00pm – 5.30pm for a free skills clinic for the kids. All are welcome!