Cowboys in town this weekend
NORTH Queensland Cowboys Winger Kalifa Faifai Loa and Forward Glenn Hall will be in Proserpine this Saturday, January 28.
The Toyota Cowboys players are celebrating junior rugby league as part of the annual North Queensland Toyota Dealers' t-shirt handout.
Junior players and supporters will have the opportunity to get autographs and photographs with the players at Filby's Toyota in Proserpine between 12.30-2pm.
There will also be a sausage sizzle on the day.
The dynamic duo will assist with handing out North Queensland Toyota Dealer training shirts, a tradition that the local dealers are proud to continue for the 2012 season.
In previous years, Toyota and the local North Queensland Toyota Dealers have donated a Cowboys team shirt to nearly 7000 children playing rugby league in the junior league clubs throughout the north.
Filby's Motors dealer principal Robert Filby said the training shirt handover was a significant part of the North Queensland Toyota Dealers' commitment to junior rugby league in North Queensland.
"Hopefully some of those youngsters who sign up to play league this season, and receive one of our T-shirts, will be future Cowboys," he said.
"It's a proud tradition for our Toyota dealer network and the kids are always thrilled to receive their shirt for each season."
Hall said the T-shirt handout day was a great opportunity for the Cowboys to meet up with their young members and supporters, as well as promote junior rugby league.
"I know we have a big following in both Bowen and Proserpine and there are plenty of people who usually have to make the trip to Townsville to see us," he said.
"This time we'll be in their home towns helping to promote junior league with the T-shirt handout.
"Hopefully Kalifa and I will be kept busy handing out shirts to boys and girls who want to play league in 2012 and want to show their support for the Cowboys."
Cowboys CEO Peter Jourdain said it was important for the club to have its NRL players out in the local community during the busy sign-on season.
"Junior rugby league is the lifeblood of rugby league, both in the North and across Australia," he said.
"With the generous support of the local North Queensland Toyota Dealers, events like this weekend's can continue to promote the game to our young people and grow our numbers."