MAROON POWER: Whitsunday Bakery’s Sheena Hinschen is looking forward to the Maroons’ visit next Tuesday. Photo Matthew Newton
MAROON POWER: Whitsunday Bakery’s Sheena Hinschen is looking forward to the Maroons’ visit next Tuesday. Photo Matthew Newton

Maroons stars set to march in main street

THE main street of Proserpine will be awash with maroon when Queensland's rugby league greats come to town next week.

The mighty Maroons, one of the most dominant teams in Origin history, have chosen Proserpine for their annual fan day - a day when they come to a regional town and "spread the love" for the community and particularly its young people.

Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby League president Kevin Young said this once-in-a-lifetime visit had been made possible by the Queensland Rugby League (QRL), who determined each year which community the Maroons would visit. His wife Laney Scott-Young elaborated on this, saying Proserpine had been recognised as a regional community that had been "doing it tough".

Next Tuesday's visit is likely to be a boost to both the town's morale and its businesses, with visitors coming from far and wide for the day.

League fans young and old have a lot to look forward to with star players such as Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis set to mingle with the public on a march down the Main Street from 10.45-11.45am and at a luncheon hosted by the entertainment centre from 11.30am. Youngsters aspiring to be like their idols can also take part in a drills and skills development clinic at the Les Stagg Oval until 2.45pm.

The Maroons will be on hand to sign autographs and Mr Young said he hoped the community would stay long after the players had gone to enjoy the entertainment and help raise much needed funds for the region's junior and senior clubs.


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