War­riors charge back in

Five play­ers glad to once again put on boots and hit the pad­dock after decade off

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

I felt like I was 20 years old to­day.

— Jack Ge­orge

IT’S been two years of plan­ning and much to the de­light of fans, foot­ball is back in Biggenden.

For­mer play­ers Justin Vi­cary, Jack Ge­orge, Alex Eg­gle­ston and Damien Ge­orge pulled their boots back on for last Satur­day night’s en­counter with Mun­dub­bera Tigers.

For Vi­cary, who took on the pres­i­dency job, it was a proud mo­ment as his dream be­came a re­al­ity and the hard work paid off.

“It is a sport that has been miss­ing in Biggenden,” he said.

Vi­cary had been away from the game for 10 years but pulled up okay.

“It’s a con­tact sport, so of course you pull up a bit stiff,” he said.

Next on the agenda is to get ju­nior rugby league into Biggenden.

“It’s too late for this year but it’s some­thing we can work on for next year,” he said.

At 47, Jack Ge­orge said he felt 20 when he ran onto the field on Satur­day night.

“I was a bit stiff, but then I haven’t played rugby league since the for­mer Biggenden days.

“It was awe­some, a good feel­ing get­ting out on the pad­dock,” he said.

“It woke the town up.” For Ge­orge, it has been his dream to play along­side his son Jesse.

“This sea­son they have the op­por­tu­nity to do so,” he said.

In those for­mer War­riors days, Ge­orge played with his broth­ers David and Geteno.

This sea­son, other fam­ily mem­bers have trav­elled down from Gayn­dah.

Th­ese in­clude his neph­ews Tris­tan, Lyn­don and Tyler Ge­orge-Burns.

He has been com­ing down twice weekly for train­ing.

“If you don’t, you just hurt your­self,” he said.

After Satur­day night’s match, Ge­orge said Mun­dub­bera was a big, phys­i­cal team.

“At the start of the game I thought we were go­ing to get flogged by 100,” he said.

“The young fel­las stood and held the ball and tack­led well.

“All the play­ers need to get to train­ing and get some match fit­ness.

“With this, we will match any team in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Ev­ery game we will get bet­ter.”

Also re­turn­ing for the War­riors is Damien Ge­orge, who said it was a proud mo­ment to lead the boys out onto the pad­dock on Satur­day.

He played his first A-grade game as a 17-year-old with the War­riors.

“Since Biggenden dis­banded I have been play­ing for Gayn­dah,” he said.

“Satur­day night’s game was a good team ef­fort.

“We put some points on the board. This showed we can still play the game.”

Alex Eg­gle­ston is an­other of the old bri­gade mak­ing a re­turn to the sport.

Other than over-35s, it’s been nine years since he played foot­ball.

Eg­gle­ston has been try­ing to get over an in­jury since train­ing started.

“I pulled up a bit sore in the legs,” he said.

“A two-week break will give it a chance to mend, but it is al­ways good to get out on the pad­dock.”

Eg­gle­ston said the team would run bet­ter if it got all the play­ers to train­ing at the one time.

“It is great to see sons of our for­mer play­ers now play­ing for the War­riors,” he said.

Eg­gle­ston said as some of the play­ers were older than 40, they had to get a clear­ance from their pre­vi­ous as­so­ci­a­tion, even though it had been nine years since they played.

Vi­cary said any­one keen to play for the War­riors should come down to train­ing on Tues­day and Thurs­day nights at the sports re­serve.

Dar­ren Bed­dows wasn’t avail­able for the first match but will be in ac­tion for the War­riors’ next game on May 6.

There is a whis­per more of the for­mer War­riors are get­ting itchy feet and may also re­turn after watch­ing Satur­day’s game.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WAR­RIORS AT HEART: Jack Ge­orge, Justin Vi­cary, Dar­ren Bed­dows, Alex Eg­gle­ston and Damien Ge­orge have put their footy boots back on to play for Biggenden in the Cen­tral Bur­nett com­pe­ti­tion.

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