By Pat Gillett.
After a three-year hiatus Maleny’s senior rugby side is back in the Sunshine Coast competition.
Maleny Bushrangers player Nathan Arnold says players and locals are thrilled to see the team return to the competition.
“It’s great for us and also the town,” he says.
The team’s return to the field also signals the return of the town’s historic cowbell try celebration.
“We score a try they’re all on the cowbell and that’s just something else,” Arnold says.
“The coast boys get a bit of a shock.”
They may be the new team in the competition this year, but most of the team are familiar with playing together, having played for Maleny before the break.
“A few went off and played for Nambour last year,” Arnold says.
“We’ve got a few gone to rugby league down in Caloundra and a few other boys have had a couple of years off, but they’re all back together now and going well.”
Maleny’s sporting crowd aren’t just showing up to watch their town return to rugby.
A contingent of locals followed the cricket club’s division 5A side to Caloundra to watch them down Wamuran.
Maleny cricket player Dale Chatterton says they always get a good crowd to the games.
“It’s always a good atmosphere and Maleny does all right,” he says.
The Bushrangers play their next match on April 29 at the University of the Sunshine Coast.