The Coolum Colts C grade team has gone from strength to strength in its inaugural year, thanks to its players, coaching staff and sponsors.
Fresh from a deal with major sponsor Peregian Springs, the club has acquired a new sponsor who not only provides financial support but offers a great social venue as well.
Peregian Beach Hotel manager Carol Gleeson said the hotel had signed on as the club’s sleeve sponsor because it wanted to be more proactive in local sport. She said Colts player and under-18 coach Dale Shearer had put a good case forward on behalf of the rugby league club.
“We believe this was a good opportunity for us to put something back into the community and sponsor a local sporting team,” she said.
The hotel is presently decked in maroon which just happens to be Queensland’s State of Origin colour as well as that of the Colts.
Hailing from AFL territory, Carol admits to being a rugby league “newbie”.
“I’m from Tassie originally so I’m AFL, however I appreciate the game,” she said.
“I had someone who knew quite a lot about it sit next to me at the footy in Brisbane a couple of weeks ago and I’m getting a handle on it.”
Shearer said the hotel was a great venue where the players could socialise.
“It’s good for the boys to get together,” he said.
“We’re looking for somewhere where we can have a drink after the game or training and have a few functions.
“We need a venue like this.”
The next home games for the Coolum C grade and under-18 teams will be on July 19.
Shearer said the day would also be a thank you to the sponsors who would be invited to enjoy some “prawns and beer”.
On Tuesday, July 15, the club will hold a trivia fundraiser at the Peregian Springs Golf Club (6pm for 6.30pm).
Guest speakers will include former Broncos, Origin and Australian winger Willy Carne and racing identity Pat (Punter) O’Shea. There will be an auction, featuring Australian and Origin items and Makybe Diva, Don Bradman and Muhammad Ali memorabilia.
Keep an eye out next month for the launch of a health foundation in honour of Dale Shearer’s late wife, Delyse, who died in February.
Shearer hopes the foundation spreads across the rugby league community on the Coast and even to the NRL.
The Coolum team will play in pink socks on the day of the launch.
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