LEAGUE legends Brad Fittler and Nathan Hindmarsh revved up the next generation of players in Tamworth yesterday and one of the big messages they wanted to bring was “Go the Blues”.
The former Origin greats are both big motorcycle enthusiasts and are on a week-long ride for charity.
During their journeys Fittler said he was coming across far too many youngsters who cheer for the Maroons and that is something he wants to change.
“Laurie Daley was telling me he went to a school, and this is really common now, the kids all supported Queensland,” Fittler said.
“I met a kid the other day who said he supported Queensland and I said ‘why?’
“He said ‘because they win’.
“We’ve got to get out here more often, the ex-players, and see the kids.”
Fittler and Hindmarsh dropped into the Plain St fields to help the Tamworth Minor League sign-up some more youngsters for the upcoming season.
That proved a success with several clubs picking up some new players.
The former Kangaroos played a game of football with some local kids, despite the wet weather, and seemed to enjoy it as much as the kids.
“It’s good for your fitness but it’s just good fun,” Fittler said.
“It’s not a chore.
“I’ve never seen it as a chore.”
Yesterday started with breakfast at Denman before the tour moved to Scone for the first junior clinic of the day.
Then it was on to Tamworth.
The ride is called the Hogs for the Homeless tour and supports Father Chris Riley’s Kids Off the Streets charity.
Getting to see the countryside and helping bush football in the process is a bonus.
“It’s something we should do more of,” Fittler said.
“When I got Hindy to do this I knew it would work because he has the profile.
“Harley Davidson has helped out and I’ve also done some work with Fr Chris Riley so it’s also for charity.
“We all love riding our bikes and it’s been really good riding around our beautiful state of NSW.”
Now he just wants to see more NSW people get behind the Blues.