YOUNG PUPS VICTORY: The under-18s Chinchilla Bulldogs and Roma Cities grand final match in Roma this year was a complete nail biter, and we were there for every minute.
YOUNG PUPS VICTORY: The under-18s Chinchilla Bulldogs and Roma Cities grand final match in Roma this year was a complete nail biter, and we were there for every minute. Jodie Williams

Grassroots sport: the heart of any regional community

CHINCHILLA has a long and proud sporting history and it has been our honour at the Chinchilla News to share in the highs and lows.

We followed the Bulldogs under 18s and the under 16s to all the way this year, defeating the Wullambilla- Surat Red Bulls in their awe-inspiring grand final victories.

While watching these young pups make their mark in the sporting world and sharing their story with our readers has been amazing, we are also excited by the fact that the Chinchilla News will be here to watch these young guns move up the ranks in years to come.

When the Chinchilla Suns took to the field for the first time we gained a new team to watch.

Our journalists followed this new team and were right there with the rest of Chinchilla when the Suns made it to their first grand final in 2015.

Successes of team and individual sports men and women have kept us busy over the years, but this season we've been just as committed to recording the heartfelt efforts of the Chinchilla Suns, who never failed to give it their all on the field, despite knowing victory was probably out of reach most rounds.

The Suns show us that sometimes it's more important to have a winner's attitude than a cabinet full of shiny trophies.

Chinchilla News has also had the pleasure to follow the journey of several outstanding local coaches.

Honeybears coach Tom Taylor has been kicking goals this year on and off the football field.

As well as coaching the local ladies football team Taylor also managed to find the time to take the South-West Queensland team under-16s team up to Cairns for the Football Queensland Community Cup.

His dedication to the sport and his players is inspiring in and of itself but Taylor's attitude to regional football is a testament to the community of Chinchilla as a whole.

The paper was there to witness the awesome efforts of the ruthless under 15 girls River Rats rugby 7s team through all of their history-making home games.

Coach Lindsay Ashby may not be much of a talker, but get him on the topic of his gutsy team of young River Rats girls and you won't wipe the smile off his face.

All of these committed community members play an integral role in keeping the heart and soul of regional, grass roots sport alive and kicking and without them our job as journalists wouldn't be nearly as rewarding.

The big local sporting highs and lows are the moments that go down in the paper and become history for the next generation to aspire to and for the old times to look back on with a heart full of pride.

Through all the region's great sporting moments, you can count on Chinchilla News to be on the sideline, capturing every try, goal and broken record.

We're for you.


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