Five young men from Murgon State High School will call Bishop Park home this weekend as they become the first attendees of the Norths Devils’ Deadly 1440 program.
The program has been devised by Murgon High and the Devils to provide an opportunity for young men to train with the Hostplus Cup team and to be part of the gameday experience for Sunday’s grand final rematch with Wynnum Many Seagulls.
It’s hoped to be the first of many annual Deadly 1440 programs between the Devils and Murgon High, tying in with Sunday’s BMD Indigenous Round.
The program has ties to one of the Devils’ greatest players – Henry Hegarty came from Cherbourg as a young man to Nundah where he thrived as a dynamic centre in some of Norths’ greatest premiership teams.
Hegarty was a member of the Devils’ greatest-ever team alongside some of rugby league’s greatest names.
Five Murgon High students from Years 11 and 12 will be part of the first intake, training with the Devils tomorrow night and then taking part in the team build-up for Sunday’s game and then sitting on the bench during play.
They were in early high school when Queensland Origin and Broncos star Selwyn Cobbo was the Murgon High school captain. And they watched from the stands at Dolphin Stadium last October as Cobbo scored a try for Wynnum Manly in the grand final won by the Devils.
“We thank Murgon High for their help in launching Deadly 1440,” Devils CEO Troy Rovelli said.
“This is a great opportunity for our club to learn from the students and staff of Murgon High and for those young men to see rugby league at this Hostplus Cup level with the premiers.
“The South Burnett has a special place in Devils’ history and we’re delighted to extend that and to take our Belong program from schools in the northern suburbs to Murgon.”
Murgon High’s head of department for senior schooling, Hayden Knight, will accompany the players to the Devils this weekend.
“The boys are really looking forward to being part of this weekend,” Knight said.
“The message that we want them to take away is that hard work can bring rewards.
“These boys remember Selwyn from when he was at school and he’s providing another example of a player from this region who has taken a big step.
“This weekend should be a real eye-opener for the boys who will attend.”
The Devils’ Belong program is rolled out at schools in the northern suburbs, teaching children about the importance of health and wellbeing in their lives. The program, which is delivered by the Devils, provides handy tips for students.