Sydney Roosters players, Tinirau Arona, Anthony Minichiello and Tom Symonds with flood victim Vicky Tuala, at the Steggles Factory in Wulkuraka.
Sydney Roosters players, Tinirau Arona, Anthony Minichiello and Tom Symonds with flood victim Vicky Tuala, at the Steggles Factory in Wulkuraka. Sarah Harvey

Roosters visit Steggles factory

HAIRNETS, enormous human beings and piles upon piles of chooks – the Sydney Roosters touring the Steggles factory in Wulkuraka was a strange sight indeed.

But while some may brush it off as a sponsorship plug, for the legions of factory workers who were pulling double shifts because Cyclone Yasi shut down their Mareeba site – lunch with NRL stars was a welcome relief.

And for the players it was a chance to hear first hand accounts of the flood devastation they had only seen on their television screens back in Sydney.

Lowood’s own man-mountain, Roosters prop Martin Kennedy, said he was looking forward to helping the rural areas of Ipswich recover from the floods.

“I want to do what I can while I’m here to help the Lockyer Valley and Esk and places like that recover from the floods,” Kennedy said.

“There was a lot of media coverage about Brisbane but not as much about the smaller town like Laidley and the area I’m from which were ruined.”

The Roosters are in the city for four days, culminating in their trial match against the Ipswich Jets at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday night.

Kennedy has been ruled out of the game because of a hamstring injury but his fellow Ipswich Grammar School alumni Lama Tasi and Tom Guymer will play.

Roosters’ fullback and Australian Test regular Anthony Minichiello will start the match and said he jumped at the chance to come to Ipswich.

“When we got the news we were still able to come here and play despite the floods I thought it would be great to be able to give something back,” Minichiello said.

The Roosters will hold an open training session and autograph opportunity today at Briggs Road from 4.45pm.



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