League leg­ends on their way to re­gion

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: BARRY LEDDICOAT

ON THEIR WAY: Queens­land State of Ori­gin leg­end Petero Civon­iceva is set to play.

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