Warriors charge back in
Five players glad to once again put on boots and hit the paddock after decade off
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.
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.