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Tigers provide wave of hope after floods

Laine Clark 19/01/2011 07:42:44 PM Comments (0)

It was not quite the pre-season bonding experience Beau Ryan had in mind.

But he reckons the Wests Tigers' clean-up work for flood victims will not only make the stricken Queensland communities stronger in 2011 - but also his NRL team.

Residents at Goodna, west of Brisbane, would have been forgiven for looking twice as Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens led an NRL-inspired clean-up in the area.

Part of a 23-strong Wests Tigers contingent, the 60-year-old Sheens was the first to get stuck in along with the likes of Benji Marshall, Robbie Farah and ex-Tigers and Magpies greats Noel Kelly, Paul Sironen, Artie Beetson and Steve Roach.

In poignant scenes, Kelly helped clean up at the street named after him which led to the completely ruined Goodna Eagles Rugby League Club.

Looking around, Ryan was touched by the community spirit shown by the locals as he "worked the wheelbarrow with Benji Marshall on the shovel".

"We are doing everything and anything we can to help," he told AAP.

"We saw the photos and footage of it on TV but nothing can really prepare you when you arrive - you just can't understand the sheer scale of it."

While gutted by the devastation surrounding him, Ryan reckoned the Wests Tigers' work would provide benefits for not only the locals but also the club.

"Of course this is about helping people get their lives back together - the community here has been ravaged," he said.

"But I think it also brings the team together.

"I am working the wheelbarrow while Benji shovels.

"That sort of thing - working side by side - only helps build team spirit.

"We were already a tight knit team but when you see not only the coach but the club CEO (Stephen Humphreys) rolling up their sleeves near you, you can't help but put in."

Wests Tigers completed their two-day visit of the ravaged area with an open training session at Ipswich's Brothers Rugby League Club on Wednesday following an autograph session for the kids.

Another three NRL clubs also completed two-day initiatives on Wednesday - Parramatta, Canterbury and Penrith.

The Eels also worked at Goodna while the Panthers helped out at Karalee, near Ipswich, and the Bulldogs went further west to the devastated Lockyer Valley towns of Grantham, Murphy's Creek and Gatton.

Their efforts came after the entire Gold Coast Titans squad helped clean up at Goodna on Monday.

More Sydney clubs will make flying visits, while the Broncos have their players on a weekly roster system for the next month.

"Hopefully, if we give a helping hand, and the locals can meet their idols like Benji Marshall, hopefully that can also help lift spirits," Ryan said of the NRL-inspired flood assistance initiative.

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