Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale with Steggles the chicken and Sydney Roosters player Martin Kennedy.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale with Steggles the chicken and Sydney Roosters player Martin Kennedy. Sasha Razzi

Steggles meets the Roosters

FROM a life of adversity and struggle to a miraculous flood survival and star status, Steggles the chicken has come a long way.

On Saturday night the plucky hen with the never-say-die attitude met players from the Sydney Roosters, who are sponsored by her namesake.

Steggles was brought to our attention when her owner, Goodna animal-lover Amanda Beaumont, contacted The Queensland Times.

She said Steggles had already survived two dog attacks and a stroke before the floods hit.

On January 11 her family had to evacuate their home but couldn’t catch Steggles, who was spooked by all the fuss.

The house went under a lagoon of water, but after 10 days the courageous chicken walked back to her home, and many tears and cuddles from her relieved family.

The QT and Mayor Paul Pisasale arranged for Steggles to meet the Roosters at North Ipswich Reserve where they played the Jets.

“We all heard the story of Steggles the chicken during the floods and obviously through Steggles, our major sponsor, we all took a bit of interest, but to meet the chicken and see how well she is doing was great,” Roosters chief executive officer Steve Noyce said.

Amanda Beaumont, who arrived at the ground with Steggles in a cat cage, was happy the meeting went so well for her tough bird.

“I was worried about having to catch her if she got away, but as usual she was quite calm and placid,” Ms Beaumont said. “She got passed around quite a bit and people came up and patted her.

“Our family did lose our house, but at least she came back. It gave us hope I suppose that there’s light at the end of the tunnel even if it’s a chook returning home.

“I’m quite happy for Steggles. She’s had a tough life; hopefully she’s got quite a few more years.”

Mayor Pisasale said the story of Steggles was both humorous and inspiring.

“Even with all we’ve been through we have to keep trying to laugh,” Cr Pisasale said. “This is all about the tenacity of people in Ipswich. Two dog attacks, a stroke and the floods and she’s still there watching the Roosters.”



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