By NATHAN MCLEAN
A GREAT crowd turned out at Pirate Park for the last home game of the season on a beautiful winter’s afternoon. Round 14 was Women in League day at the Pirates, and it was fantastic to see all the ladies enjoying the day’s activities. The bubbly was flowing, the nibbles were out and pink was the flavour of the day. This last home game was also sponsors’ day. The club has fantastic support from local businesses and it was an honour to pay tribute to them.
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Member for Noosa Glen Elmes treated the crowd with the announcement that a grant from State Government for $100,000 to assist the Pirates in their light project was successful. The ageing light poles at Pirate Park did hold in strong winds earlier in the year with one blown over and another to be removed. With the successful funding from local and State Government, the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund and the tireless fund-raising from the Pirates committee, Pirate Park will be home to start of the art Semi Professional lights by December 2014. This will make for a great start to 2015.
In other celebrations, local real estate business Hang Loosa presented our first Regional Rugby League Girls player Gabbie Hill with a Pink Noosa Pirates jersey in honour of her magnificent achievement. Gabbie played second row for the Wide Bay Bulls who finished the state carnival in Cairns in Second Place.
On the park, our boys treated the local and vocal crowd to some exciting, entertaining footy. Our three grades couldn’t get over the line against the Sharkies this week but proved that they will be a force to be reckoned with, come semi-finals time.
From all the players, coaches, volunteers, committee members, we would like to finish off with a big thank you to those wonderful women who are the backbone of the club. Lexi, Deb, Sue, Claire and Lindy, thank you for the countless hours you spend giving back to us and the community, cheers!