All Stars named for epic matches

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­

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.

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