Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Sam's Generous Footy Effort; WestMAC Student boostsBrothers, Cherbourg Links

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Sam's Generous Footy Effort; WestMAC Student boostsBrothers, Cherbourg Links

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CALLUM

DICK

callum.dick@qt.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: A 14-year-old West Moreton Anglican College student has helped bring together two proud rugby league clubs more than 250km apart.

What started as a school leadership challenge to engage his local community blossomed into something far greater for Brothers Ipswich junior Sam Perrett.

Perrett enlisted the help of the Brothers rugby league community by asking for donations in the form of training gear and equipment which would then be passed on to the Cherbourg Hornets.

Cherbourg is a small indigenous community in the South Burnett, where rugby league rules as a something of a religion.

Former Parramatta Eels and South Sydney star Chris Sandow hails from the Hornets' homeland, as do fellow former NRL players Esi and Willie Tonga.

The Hornets' home base of Jack O'Chin Oval serves as more than just facility for rugby league.

It brings the people of Cherbourg together, young and old rallying around their team, unified under a love for community and league.

Sam's father and outgoing Brothers A Grade coach Gary Perrett knew this all too well, having visited Cherbourg previously in his role as a police officer.

Gary helped with the logistics of the venture, but he was quick to lay all the credit at his son's feet.

"I'm very proud of Sam," the police officer said.

"It was his idea to engage the Brothers community, and he did a lot of the organisation. He made contact with the junior and senior president, and was the one to coordinate the collections.

"Really I was just there to help push it along and drive the car."

Gary said he and Sam were overwhelmed by the sheer number of items they were able to accumulate: 270 training kits, footballs, boots and water bottles all generously donated by members of the senior and junior clubs.

"It seemed logical that the community we would engage with would be Brothers," Gary said. …

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