Toowoomba Warriors sleep out at Roma PCYC
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Maranoa PCYC played host to the Toowoomba Warriors Rugby League team last Friday as they prepare for their upcoming trip to New Zealand.
The team, which have not previously played together, were invited by Roma District Rugby League president Peter Flynn to come out and play a few non-competitive games against the Roma side.
Toowoomba Warriors coach Garry Halliday said he was appreciative of the PCYC for hosting his team and for the chance to get some training in before they make the journey to New Zealand.
“We will be going to New Zealand in September and we were invited out by Peter to come out and have a run with the boys,” Mr Halliday said.
“This will be the first time most of the boys will have a game together as normally we go across and they don’t know anyone.
“It’s a great opportunity as it gives the boys the chance to have a run around and build their relationships as we have boys from Goondiwindi, Dalby, Toowoomba and all different areas.”
The team is an invitation side and combines a mixture of indigenous and non-indigenous players.
“So for us it’s a cultural exchange as the indigenous players share their culture with the non-indigenous players,” he said.
“And then when we go over to New Zealand we get to learn the Maori culture as well.”
As the players had to travel from all different areas across the south-west region to come out to play in Roma, the boys were offered a room to stay the night at the PCYC.
“With the cost of the New Zealand trip we were looking to keep the costs down and PCYC are obviously a sporting venue so offered us somewhere to stay,” he said.
“We are thankful for their support and for providing us with a room for the night.”