The Yeppoon Seagulls, pictured after their win at last year's Nines carnival, will be chasing the three-peat in 2017.
The Yeppoon Seagulls, pictured after their win at last year's Nines carnival, will be chasing the three-peat in 2017. CONTRIBUTED

Schwarz gets behind Nines for next three years

RUGBY LEAGUE: By his own admission Jeffrey Schwarz is a rugby league tragic. So it should come as no surprise that his family business has kicked in to support one of the sport's most popular local events.

Gracemere-based Schwarz Excavations, of which Jeffrey is a managing director, has signed on as the sponsor of Rockhampton's pre-season Nines carnival for the next three years.

"We're all rugby league tragics out here at Schwarz and we're all Broncos supporters,” he said.

"I really enjoy the game of rugby league. I'm always out watching the local league and the Capras.

"Being a local business in the area for 30 years, we like putting back into the community that's been so good to us.

"I'm a firm believer that if businesses make their money in the area they should be putting it back into the area.

"The Nines gives us that opportunity. It's a great event and it's getting better and better every year.”

The Yeppoon Seagulls will be chasing the three-peat in the open men's division this year but Jeffrey's tipping the Norths Chargers, the reigning A-grade premiers, to take the title.

"My cousin Kane Hardy is the coach and he will have them ready to go,” he said. "They're coming off a good season and they've recruited well. They will be hard to beat.”

Nines organiser Walson Carlos said Schwarz Excavations' sponsorship was a great boost for the annual competition, which is set to see significant growth this year.

"Schwarz Excavations has been a big-time supporter of rugby league in the CQ region for many years and this is just another example of it,” Carlos said.

"The Schwarz Excavations Nines has massive growth potential into the future and these types of events have such a positive impact on not only the sporting community but the wider economy.”

This year's competition will be held at Browne Park on the weekend of February 25 and 26.

Teams will compete in the open men's (two divisions), women's and under-20 men, vying for a share of more than $10,000 in prize money on offer.

"It's set to be a cracking two days of fast and furious rugby league with all the fun and excitement of the Nines,” Carlos said.

"The Rockhampton Leagues Club bonus zone tries are back again which will see teams receive five-point tries for scoring in the marked area between the posts.”

There are still places available in all divisions but time is running out for teams to nominate. Contact Walson Carlos on 0419 429 675 or at info@juniorfooty academy.com.au.



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