Recently Wyong Roos kindly donated a set of their jerseys and shorts sponsored by Aubrey Brown to the remote Mornington Island Raiders to assist them with a game in Queensland. Wyong Roos heard about the game through NRL Development Officer, Laurie Taylor and decided to get involved by supporting and promoting the game of Rugby League, in this remote island.
The Mornington Island Raiders are a small indigenous club from the Gulf of Carpentaria. The island has a population of only 1500 and struggles with self-harm, domestic violence and other ravages flowing from alcohol excess. The club is run by Sean Durant. Sean decided to coach the team giving the young indigenous men direction and discipline.
After training for several weeks, the Raiders received their uniforms and spent 24 hours travelling to play in Queensland’s far north-west at Normanton. The Raiders were extremely excited to have the opportunity to leave the island and travel to North Queensland. They came away with a loss 24 – 10 and enjoyed the experience. Sean hopes to organise more games in the future and continue to coach on the island.
Wyong Roos has a history of supporting other clubs, offering jerseys to small country clubs in far west NSW through the CRL. They have also sent shorts and socks to the Nadroga-Navosa Province in Fiji and their club is now called ‘The Coastline Roos’. The Central Coast of NSW is expanding through the efforts of Wyong Rugby Leagues Club.
Aubrey Brown are proud to be long term sponsors of such a charitable club who encourage and support the game of Rugby League and the growth of clubs in rural and remote areas.