Festival of rugby turns pink for Ladies Day
EVERY weekend is a festival of rugby for Ipswich Rangers vice-president Paula Watkins.
Between her son's under 10s games, training and her various roles within the club, Watkins second home is at Woodend Park.
"For me it's about the feel at the club,” she said. "I really enjoy helping out and being around the club.
"We've got a really respectful environment. It's a real family club and it's great way to do stuff with your kids.”
On Saturday Watkins joined a host of other women for the club's Ladies Day.
Helping to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, they swapped stories, drunk some bubbly and watched the Rangers in action against Pine Rivers.
Although Ipswich didn't come away with the win, Watkins said it was a great opportunity to celebrate the women involved with the club.
"It was a really good day and a great turnout,” she said. "It's really a family day for the club. We have afternoon tea with raffles and an auction.
"We have a lot of ladies involved within the club but it was great to have so much support from the Ipswich community as well.
"The day itself is about raising money for the McGrath Foundation and building awareness for breast cancer amongst our players and mums. We try to create an environment where everyone can share their stories and it's good for the boys to hear those.”
With the Rangers players wearing a special pink jersey for the occasion, one of the kits was put up for a silent auction.
Watkins' bid turned out to be the winning one. "That was pretty amusing,” she laughed. "I really like the jersey actually.
"You'll probably see me wearing it behind the canteen on the weekend.”
The story wasn't so positive for the Rangers on the field. Taking on the current ladder leaders Pine Rivers, Ipswich were held to a 36-5 defeat in the Barber Cup.
It was a similar story in the Pegg Cup, with Pine Rivers taking a 20-3 victory.
Across town, the Goodna Gladiators won their first home game of the season, defeating Wynnum 32-25.
Pine Rivers 36 def Ipswich Rangers 5 at Woodend Park
Goodna Gladiators 32 def Wynnum Bugs 25 at Evan Marginson Oval.