The Mustangs Brothers Rugby League Club are proving they can mix it with the best competitions in Queensland as all their competitive teams prepare to debut in the higher grades.
Gone are the days when the club can be overlooked as amateur easy beats, according to under 18s hooker Lachlan Burr.
“For the past couple of years, we were always a div three club, but we’re really starting to get the name out that we’re not just some country boys or some bums from the area who like to play footy on a Sunday,” he said.
“We actually can actually play footy.”
The results have spoken for themselves.
President Jeff Burr said every team playing the full version of the game, from under 13s upwards, has earned a promotion.
“All our teams are going up a level in grades next year, every one of our teams made finals this year, so everyone’s pretty excited about where we are heading,” Jeff said.
The club is also celebrating its rapid growth, which is turning it into one of the biggest in Logan, second only to the size of Waterford Demons.
Jeff is excited to see them approach 500 members.
“It’s huge considering we were at 188 people three or four years ago,” he said.
The open men’s and women’s teams (division 2) have already started their training earlier than the rest of the club.
The under 18s hope to go one better in division one next season after losing in the grand final last season.
Lachlan said they also hope to field a team in the NRL Under 20s competition for the first time in their history, which is the top league for players aged 20 years or younger.
“A lot of players drop out after under 18s because of work and that kind of thing, so it’s only the people who really love the game that stick around to play the 20s,” he said.
The club’s progress has coincided with significant upgrades to club facilities, including the turf playing surfaces and the installation of new lights and sprinkler systems.