League legends on their way to region
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Legends of League are on their way to the Whitsundays.
International Legends of League, along with Whitsunday Regional Council, have announced that former State of Origin and Australian Test players will play a charity game in Bowen to boost the spirits of the Whitsundays following Cyclone Debbie.
The event will see the likes of Petero Civoniceva, Scott Prince, Nathan Blacklock, Robbie O’Davis, Scott Hill and Kevin Campion play as All-Stars.
They will play against a local Whitsunday All-Stars team from Airlie, Proserpine and Bowen featuring past legends in the area.
The four-day event will kick-off on May 17 with visits to schools in Collinsville, Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine along with hospital and shopping centre visits, a sponsor’s bowls day, and special lunches and dinners.
The main event will be the Australia v Whitsunday All-Stars on Saturday night including warm-up matches from local teams.
“The Whitsunday All-Stars team will feature local ‘identities’ who were prominent local players or coaches who have contributed to the development of rugby league in Whitsundays,” event organiser Troy Byers said.
“Of all the areas we have held these games in the past, this community is perhaps the one who needs this event more than ever at this point in time.”
Crowds at past events have ranged from 3500 to 10,000, and Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox said it would great for the community.
“Our residents have shown that amazing North Queensland resilience and spirit and this is an opportunity to mingle with legends of the game, have a great day out and raise funds for community groups hit hard by the recent cyclone,” he said.
The All-Stars match is on May 20 in Bowen.
ON THEIR WAY: Queensland State of Origin legend Petero Civoniceva is set to play.