Charity day puts club’s on-field woes in perspective
AUSSIE RULES: The Nambour Hinterland footy club knows what it's like to be on struggle street in recent years, but it is nothing compared to battling cancer.
In an act that puts their 13-0 win-loss record in perspective the club will host a gala day in aide of Bloomhill Cancer Care this afternoon and evening.
Starting with the under-15s match at 12.30pm and ramping up with the seniors game at 2pm against Gympie Cats, it's hoped a number of initiatives will help raise money for the Coast-based charity.
That match will be followed by a match between Pomona and Maroochydore at 4.45pm, followed by a fireworks display at 7.30pm.
It will also double as a day to celebrate women at the club, and ladies will receive a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival.
Nambour Hinterland senior president Thomas Booth said women played a significant role directly and indirectly at the club.
"The women play a big, massive, important role," he said.
"But we've also got coaching staff with wives who don't see them much during the footy season with two nights of training and games on the weekends.
"That's why we do these days, to try and get the community involved more."
It's almost two seasons since the club's senior side won a match.
Dropping back from the QFA North to the QAFA Sunshine Coast Seniors competition also meant the club lost about 17 players who weren't prepared to play in the lower grades.
Booth said this season was about re-building the off-field culture, with a view to on-field success in the near future.
"We're so close to winning that first game this year but it's so hard these days," he said.
"It's not like the old days when you'd commit so much time to being there. Every week we have seven new guys thrown in the mix because other guys are going away for work or family commitments.
"Our goal was to rebuild this year and get the guys trusting each other again. We've focused more on getting the off-field stuff right and I believe we've done that perfectly.
"Now we start to shift our focus on-field next year. All clubs have to start somewhere and I believe we're heading in the right direction."
The players' jerseys will be auctioned-off after the game and club members will wear pink polo shirts.