Penny Morgan from the Kellyville Rangers in Parramatta, stops off in Rocky en route to Theodore where the Roosters will play today for the first time since the floods.
Penny Morgan from the Kellyville Rangers in Parramatta, stops off in Rocky en route to Theodore where the Roosters will play today for the first time since the floods. Chris Ison

Roosters await guest of honour

PENNY Morgan is a Blue, deep in Maroon territory in Origin week – and no-one will get a warmer welcome anywhere.

When Penny arrives in Theodore today all petty rivalries will be put aside as the true family spirit of rugby league shines through.

For, as the secretary of the Kellyville Bushrangers in Parramatta, Penny organised a remarkable appeal that raised $3500 to help the Theodore Roosters Junior Rugby League Club recover from the devastation of this summer's floods.

And today she will meet Theodore club officials for the first time to present them with new kit, balls, tackle bags and training equipment.

Penny flew in to Rocky yesterday to meet Queensland Rugby League regional co-ordinator Rob Crow before heading to Theodore.

“I hope this will be a lasting friendship between our two clubs and that one day soon we will be able to host the Roosters and show them some NSW hospitality,” she said.

When Penny watched the floods on television her first thoughts were for the youngsters who would not be able to play.

And within five days she had organised a massive raffle, with more than 100 prizes.

“I asked the QRL to put me in touch with the club that was worst affected and that's when I first heard of Theodore,” she said.

Rob said: “In times of need in rugby league you will see people stand up for each other, but this is outstanding and very much appreciated.”

The Theodore Roosters will play today for the first time since the floods destroyed their clubhouse and ruined their pitch. And Penny will be guest of honour.



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