LEADER: New Mundubbera Tigers coach Hugh Tully.
LEADER: New Mundubbera Tigers coach Hugh Tully. Tobi Loftus

Handing it over to Hugh

THE Mundubbera Tigers Rugby League team has welcomed former player Hugh Tully as its 2016 coach, ahead of the Clash for Cash competition.

Despite a brief move to rugby union, league has always been a part of Tully's life.

"I grew up in Cloncurry in north-west Queensland, so I played all my junior football there," Tully said.

"I ended up moving to Brisbane a few years later and actually ended up playing union there, for Brothers.

"I did that for about 10 years, then moved out here about two years ago and came back to my league roots."

Tully said the highlight of his time in sport was when the Tigers won in 2014.

"It was such a big occasion for the town and it was really good to be a part of it," he said.

"It's been a long time since we'd won it last, so definitely a big highlight.

"We'll do it again hopefully... we'd like to go all the way to the top and win it."

Outside of rugby league, Tully is an operations manager for Ironbark Citrus and Grapes.

Now he has his eyes firmly set on coaching, as his "body isn't holding up as well as it should".

"My wife is glad I'm not playing anymore," he said.

"I think she's sick of the whinging every Monday morning when I wake up really sore.

"But I think she's glad I'm still a part of it and she comes down and watches all the games as much as she can."

Tully encouraged anyone who was thinking about joining the team to get on board.

"We need to get the numbers down here," he said.

"More blokes at training would be good and we'll kick it off next weekend with a good win at Clash for Cash.

"It's good to get out there and support your town and it's a good way for the whole town to come together and have a few beers and watch the game."

Tully joins a host of other new executives for the club, including new president Cameron Macdonald, vice president Byron Lee, Secretary Kathy Augustine and Treasurer Jan-Adele Reinke.

The Clash for Cash event will be held on Saturday, March 19.

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