All Stars named for epic matches
RUGBY LEAGUE: The full team lists for the International Legends of League match in Bowen this month have been released.
The Australian All Stars will feature former NRL heavyweights Petero Civoniceva, Scott Prince, Robbie O’Davis, John Hopoate, Nathan Blacklock and Kevin Campion.
Joining them will be a team made up of Whitsunday All Stars.
The match will be held on Saturday, May 20 at Bowen’s Denison Park and will feature a full day of games including an A-grade match between the Whitsunday Brahmans and Moranbah, a women’s match between the Bowen Stingettes and GH United and junior matches between Bowen, Townsville and Collinsville.
Former Brahmans player and coach James Webb is just one of the local players set to strap on the boots.
Although he admits he hasn’t “broken a jog since the 2015 grand final”, he was happy to put his hand up to play.
“It’s all for a good cause. I might regret it afterwards though,” he said.
“I think it will be a good weekend in general. Them coming around rubbing shoulders with a few of the local fans and supporters and stuff. It should be a good night.”
A number of players from previous generations will represent Whitsunday.
“The guys like Karl Telford, I got to play a lot with him but haven’t played together in probably 10 years. He was pretty handy in his time and I think he still should be,” Webb said.
“Matt Dray coached here. All those Dray boys are pretty renowned footballers. Paul ‘Boozer’ Dray, he was a halfback in the day.
“Reuben Porter and his brother probably all played well over 100 first grade games.
“Bruce Marshall... he liked to make sure he looked good on the field. He was pretty quick and a pretty good player.”
The event will encompass the areas hit hardest by Cyclone Debbie with four days of festivities.
A select group of players will arrive in the Whitsundays during the week of the game for community events and school visits covering Collinsville, Bowen, Proserpine and Airlie Beach.
All Australian players will donate their playing jersey for auction after the game and funds raised will be distributed to local community charity groups and local rugby league clubs including food and alcohol sales at the matches.
BACK ON FIELD: James Webb, pictured here in his last season in 2015, will strap on the boots again for the Whitsunday All Stars.