RUGBY GREATS COME TO THE BURNETT
Monto takes win in match raising money to be put back into the rugby league community
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.
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 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.