BIG GIG FOR RHEMUS

first_imgThey’re calling it their first ever stadium gig! For local Coffs Harbour pub band `Rhemus’ their performance at the 2004 National 18 Years Championships was their first inside a main arena. Used to pub gigs and community benefits Rhemus played at the Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium last night, in front of around 1000 players, spectators and officials. After feedback from previous 18 Years functions, which included venues that were too small, not enough live action or freedom to move around or catch up with friends; Tournament Director John Pratt decided that something needed to change this year. And so it did. Instead of heading out for the function, caterers came to the Coffs Harbour stadium, cooking a delicious barbeque spread, adding salads and bread rolls for all players and officials to enjoy. “The ATA decided we needed to change the format of the function following the survey feedback gained from all participating permits,” Mr Pratt said. “We decided to hold the smorgasbord dinner, with a live band and in a secure location.” “It was a very successful night, particularly with the live band and an excellent meal,” he said. The band provided an atmosphere for the players never seen before, with players singing with the band and dancing to win touch footballs signed by Benji Marshall and Joe Williams. Rachael Behan from Central Queensland kicked the night off, jumping out of her seat to race down the front and sing a song for the crowd. The 15 year-old at her first National 18 Years tournament wowed us all with her guts as well as her singing. The players enjoyed the night, Kelly Jones from the Brisbane Cobras echoing the general consensus: “It was good food, good service and the band were pretty good too,” Kelly said. “It was also more relaxed because you could move around and talk to everyone.” With such a successful night, it will no doubt be on the cards again for the 2005 National 18 Years Championships. “It was definitely a great success, the one area we will continue to work on is the structure of food delivery to ensure a shorting waiting time for teams, but overall it was a great night,” Mr Pratt said. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img