NRL stars Moses Mbye and Jake Friend will make a special appearance via Zoom as part of the Pirates' inaugural NRL grand final luncheon
NRL stars Moses Mbye and Jake Friend will make a special appearance via Zoom as part of the Pirates' inaugural NRL grand final luncheon

NRL stars Mbye, Friend Zoom in to help Noosa club

Giving back to where it all began, NRL stars Moses Mbye and Jake Friend will make a special appearance for the Noosa Pirates as they look to bounce back from a tough year.

The Tigers and Roosters players, who forged their skills with Noosa, will talk footy in front of more than 100 guests via Zoom as part of the Pirates' inaugural NRL grand final luncheon on Saturday.

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Mbye had initially planned to attend in person, with his flights even booked eight weeks ago, but ongoing restrictions quashed those plans.

Regardless, Pirates president Greg Christensen was proud to see the highly successful former club juniors willing to be part of the event.

 

Moses Mbye of the Tigers runs the ball during the round 16 NRL match between the Panthers and the Wests Tigers at Panthers Stadium. Picture: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images.
Moses Mbye of the Tigers runs the ball during the round 16 NRL match between the Panthers and the Wests Tigers at Panthers Stadium. Picture: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images.

"It was actually Moses's idea and he's the one that wanted to help the club out," Christensen said.

"He rang us early in the year throughout that COVID period and he was the one that suggested if he could do anything for the club to help out and was asking how we were travelling, which was nice of him.

"They're pretty loyal.

"Even though they've gone well and truly on their own paths it's good they still think about the club and see how it's going."

Jake Friend of the Roosters offloads the ball during the NRL Semi Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images.
Jake Friend of the Roosters offloads the ball during the NRL Semi Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images.

Queensland and Bulldogs great Jason Hetherington will also be part of the event and is able to attend in person.

The club's senior season was cancelled this year with their major pre-season fundraiser for 2021, the Noosa rodeo, also falling victim to the pandemic.

Noosa Pirates coach and general manager Brett Winkler said the fundraiser luncheon would hopefully also be a new era for the Pirates.

"This year the Noosa junior and senior clubs merged into one club, so now we're just the Noosa District Rugby League Club," he said.

"So, we wanted to start a tradition that involved everyone and it was bit of a mark of the club coming together in a new merger."

The luncheon will be held in Cooroy at the Saw & Mill Restaurant, with almost all tickets sold.

"Cooroy is the birthplace of the club so we thought it's another good opportunity being the first luncheon that we ever had so it's a good fit."