The NRLW and NRL wins against the Warriors and Broncos weren’t the only sources of smiling faces at CBUS Super Stadium in Round 2 - busloads of smiling faces from flood effected regions in NSW were at the stadium for the historic games.
Following the announcement of a donation of over $100K from the Gold Coast Titans to flood effected regions, Community Presenting Partner Surfside Buslines helped to transport over 100 people from flood effected communities to the Gold Coast for game day.
The Cabbage Tree Island Community were treated to a true Gold Coast Titans welcome, with a double win for the NRLW and NRL teams, plenty of entertainment around the grounds, food and drinks complimentary thanks to Surfside Buslines and some Gold Coast Titans merch to take home.
Included in those who made the trip up from Cabbage Tree Island were the family of Gold Coast Titans player, Brian Kelly.
Brian's dad and cousin, Brian Kelly Snr and Simon Kelly, were able to travel up from the flood effected region to watch Brian play and spend some time with Brian's young children in the stands.
“We would like to thank the Titans and Surfside for inviting us all up from the island,” Kelly Snr said.
“It’s been a very dark few weeks down south, so it’s a great way to ease everyone’s pain on the island.
“For a lot of the kids, it is their first ever time watching a Rugby League game, so to see the smiles on their faces was just incredible.
“Everyone has been camped up in little rooms and evacuation centres, so to get everyone out is a great day for them all,” he said.
“It’s great to come and watch our brother (Brian Kelly) play on home ground,” Simon Kelly said.
“The kids are happy, they are all enjoying it and looking forward to seeing Brian play today,” he said.
Young boys from Cabbage Tree Island, Harry James-Bolt and James Ferguson, also got to meet Gold Coast Titans captain, Tino Fa’asuamalaui, when they facilitated the coin toss before the game.
“It is really exciting to be here and watching both of the games,” James-Bolt said.
“I was really excited to meet Tino and Tohu before the coin toss,” he said.
When asked about their predictions for the NRL game, Kelly’s family were the winners with a successful 20-18 prediction of the final score line.