Queensland Rugby Union today reached its target of 50,000 members, just days out from the St.George Queensland Reds’ final match of 2014 and to celebrate has officially recognised two-year-old Connor Buba-Bromley as the Reds’ membership ambassador.
Connor lives in Darwin, Northern Territory, and will attend the Reds’ final game against the NSW Waratahs with his mother Ashley and grandfather Siggi, who bought him the membership.
They will be joined at the game by Siggi’s other daughter, Vicki Dodds along with her husband, Glen, and their children, Callum (11) and Brianna (9). The Dodds have a Reds family membership and make a 15-hour round trip from Rockhampton for every Reds home game.
Siggi said he bought Connor a 2014 ‘Forever Red’ membership to ensure his passion for the Reds remained in the family for generations to come.
“I was born and bred in Queensland and all the boys in the family are Reds supporters,” Siggi said.
“I’ve been a Reds fan for 40 years, so it’s just something the whole family does.
“I’m a pretty passionate fan. I’ve seen the team go through good times and bad so it’s great to be able to travel down to Brisbane for games when I can, you’ve just got to barrack for your team. Once you’re with a team you stay with them for life.”
At just two years old, Connor is already a Rugby fan and now a member of the Reds’ members family.
“Connor plays for the Casuarina Cougars under 5s and he wakes up every Saturday saying ‘Rugby, Rugby, Rugby’, so it must run in the family,” Buba said.
“Now he has a membership, he’ll be a Reds man all the way through, so it’s great to pass that tradition down through all the boys in the family.
“As for being the Reds’ membership ambassador, he won’t understand the significance of that now, but we’ll be able to tell him about it when he’s older.”
Reds captain James Horwill said: “Firstly I want to thank all 50,000 Reds members for the passion you’ve shown for this team throughout this Super Rugby season.
“Queensland Rugby set itself an ambitious membership target in 2014 and it’s great to see the Reds with the biggest membership in Super Rugby.
“Siggi, Ashley, Connor and the Dodds family typify what it means to be a Reds member. They’re incredibly passionate fans who are dedicated to the cause.
“We often point out that we are the Queensland Reds and represent an entire state. This family shows that we have fans across Queensland and beyond our borders. We have the best fans in Super Rugby.”
The Reds’ strong membership base allows Queensland Rugby to continue to deliver strategies to Rugby in Queensland, which are designed to support the growth and sustainability of the code.
Rugby’s reach in the state now incorporates over a quarter of a million participants, 20,000 volunteers, 200 clubs, 500 schools and over 500 partnerships with state, national and international businesses and organisations.
Themed as Reds Heritage Round, the team’s final match of the season comes against its oldest rivals the NSW Waratahs, as the interstate clash has been an ongoing fixture since 1882.