Frillnecks will be travelling in style

St George Frillnecks unveil new bus


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St George and District womens 7s players Claire Armstrong and Alice Rathie in front of the club's new bus.

St George and District womens 7s players Claire Armstrong and Alice Rathie in front of the club's new bus.

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Bus Queensland has donated a bus to the St George Frillnecks Rugby Union Club.

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The St George Frillnecks rugby teams will be sure to make an entrance at their next away game, rolling into town on their new team bus.

Donated by Bus Queensland and wrapped by Impact Wrap, the club took proud possession of the 37-seater on Saturday and unveiled it at their last home game for the season.

Club president Ben Gardiner said the donation was unbelievable for the club and the whole community.

"Just being able to put us all into one vehicle and being able to get there a lot safer," he said.

"We were taking six or eight cars, usually to a couple of different locations for the girls and the blokes, so the fuel, making sure that everyone is behaving themselves and sober drivers and that sort of stuff, it's just so much easier to put a driver on and go.

"For the town and the community, we've got the ability to hire it out and help the junior kids with their sporting if they're travelling away."

"For the club, it's unbelievable," said Club president Ben Gardiner.

"For the club, it's unbelievable," said Club president Ben Gardiner.

Getting their hands on the bus was no easy task though, requiring some well-placed beers with a side of country charm.

Attending a meet and greet evening for a cabinet meeting in Toowoomba last September, Mr Gardiner said he struck out when asking politicians about the possibility of a bus for the community.

"In the corner of the room I saw a couple fellas from Bus Queensland, so I basically just grabbed a couple of beers, walked up to them and said 'you fellas have got what I want'," Mr Gardiner said.

"They said 'what's that?' and I said 'a bus'.

"I explained to them that there's no bus hire out here, we've got to go to Roma to hire a bus, and I asked whether they were interested in chartering one out here or not.

"We spoke about it on and off for a few months and then they said they had one that they could give us."

With tough conditions ongoing, Mr Gardiner said the rugby club was a huge part of the wider community.

"We had a home game a couple weekends ago and that was in Dirranbandi, so we try to have at least one home game down there every year," he said.

"We've got a good following down there, a fair few of our players are from down around the Dirranbandi area, both boys and girls.

"Just being able to give people an opportunity to get away from the drought-affected home that they live at and think about something else for a while."

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