RUGBY GREATS COME TO THE BUR­NETT

Monto takes win in match rais­ing money to be put back into the rugby league com­mu­nity

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - An­nie Perets

DALE Shearer couldn’t help him­self from get­ting in­volved in a rugby league game with a good cause.

De­spite re­cov­er­ing from in­juries, he ran along­side North Bur­nett play­ers dur­ing the Men of League game in Monto on June 11.

“I had a pretty se­ri­ous car ac­ci­dent so not re­ally sup­posed to be out there, so I make sure I get dodged and don’t get tack­led, and don’t make too many tack­les,” he said.

The Men of League match is meant to be a mix of play­ers from around the district, but a lack of Eidsvold and Gayndah foot­ballers made it a Monto against Mun­dub­bera match. Shearer played with Mun­dub­bera, but the side ul­ti­mately lost 24-46 af­ter the teams played three quar­ters.

“We went al­right in the third quar­ter, but it was a bit of touch footy in the sec­ond quar­ter there, I don’t think we ac­tu­ally got the ball, that was a bit frus­trat­ing,” he said.

“We might have had a chance if we played fourth quar­ter.”

Over on Monto’s side, they had some sup­port too. PJ Marsh was their men­tor, pro­vid­ing tips and sup­port.

“I’m sort of more con­cerned about in­juries th­ese days, so I stay on the side­line, I pre­fer to watch,” he said.

“They (Monto) seem to be do­ing re­ally well, so I said stick at it, do the same thing.”

De­spite the com­pe­ti­tion, rais­ing money to help mem­bers of the rugby league com­mu­nity was the main pur­pose behind the game.

“I love watch­ing coun­try foot­ball, as you’re go­ing to see some­thing you don’t nor­mally see,” Marsh said.

“The Men of League is a great foun­da­tion; I do a fair bit of work with them.”

Monto Foot­ball Club gained a new life mem­ber, with Paul Carter en­ter­ing the hall of fame.

PHO­TOS: AN­NIE PERETS

BUR­NETT TEAMS: Th­ese were the play­ers in the 2016 Men of League game.

Spe­cial guest Dale Shearer joined in on some of the match play.

Daniel Nan­car­row of the Monto side.

Damien Zi­eth.

Damien Wil­son used the Men of League game as a quick visit out of re­tire­ment.

With Gayndah and Eidsvold play­ers ab­sent, it was a Monto vs Mun­dub­bera game.

The Monto side ul­ti­mately won 46-24.

Grant Ke­nealy meets the Mun­dub­bera play­ers.

Rhys Howkins was the first try-scorer in the game.

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