Hopoate has still got it
Massive week for the Legends of League
HE PLAYED more than 200 NRL games and represented New South Wales and Australia and now he’s coming to the Whitsundays to play as part of the Australian All Stars.
John Hopoate will line up as part of the Legends of League match in Bowen next week and he has one message for the Whitsunday community – enjoy it.
“It’s getting the community together,” he said. “The whole reason we come and do this is about bringing the community together (to) watch us play.”
Hopoate has been involved in the Legends of League games since 2006. They play exhibition matches across regional Australian areas with the aim of giving back to the community.
“They approached me to get involved at the time and I couldn’t be more happy to say yes and meet up with guys you played against or guys you watched play,” he said. “All the players love that kind of stuff – giving back to the community, going to country towns, putting smiles on kids faces and giving people the chance to see us that never got to see us play.”
Don’t expect the former representative winger and heavyweight boxing champion to be a slouch on the field either as he still trains five days a week.
“Get down there early, bring your family and bring your friends and enjoy the day,” Hopoate said.
The Legends of League will be a free event in Bowen on Saturday, May 20, with the Australian All Stars playing the Whitsunday All Stars as well as the Brahmans A-grade match and a stack of other regional matches.
League legends including Petero Civoniceva and Scott Prince will visit schools on Wednesday and Thursday next week, hold a meet and greet at the Whitsunday Plaza, and there will be a special bowls day and cocktail function next Friday.
Tickets for the cocktail function at Club Croc on Friday, May 19, can be purchased at their reception or by emailing clubcroc. firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also plans for a free return bus to Bowen on game day. Contact legends email@example.com.
READY: Legends of League player John Hopoate has been involved for more than 10 years.