Gulls help kids look like winners
By HUGH KEARNEY
WHEN the Tweed Heads South Public School A-grade rugby league team runs out onto the field next time, their opponents just might not recognise them.
The school has just taken delivery of a complete set of football jumpers in the school colours, courtesy of the Seagulls Rugby League Football Club.
The jumpers are styled in the traditional "butcher's stripes", the same as Seagulls jumpers.
Seagulls president Tom Searle made the presentation yesterday at a school assembly, bringing a smile to the faces of not only the boys who will be wearing them, but to football co-ordinator Shaun Cowin.
Cowin said the donation of the new jumpers meant the team would not have to play in their school uniforms or the old school guernseys.
"We've had them for donkey's years, I think they were made in the '60s," Cowin said.
"They were made of velour or something and were hot and disgusting and looked terrible."
"We had saved up about $250 towards new ones, but it would have taken us about five years at that rate," he said. "We are very appreciative of what Seagulls has done and I am sure the boys will feel better when they run on in proper jumpers."
Searle said he had been impressed by a letter from Mr Cowin telling of the difficulty the school was having outfitting the players.
"It's not something we normally do, but we thought Seagulls, as a major rugby league club, had an obligation to assist in this case," Searle said. "This is the first school we have helped in this manner, and I think we will take a look at assisting other deserving cases, perhaps one each year, and judge each on its merits."
Searle told the assembly he hoped to see some of the boys wearing the new jumpers turning out for Seagulls one day in the Queensland Cup.