Robbie O relaxes at the Bundaberg Distillery prior to the game on the weekend.
Robbie O relaxes at the Bundaberg Distillery prior to the game on the weekend. Mike Knott

Former greats play for flood-hit

FOR former Origin great Robbie O'Davis, Bundaberg's Legends On The Field clash will be a chance to inspire a new generation of rugby league players.

The two-time premiership winning-Newcastle Knight will be among a star-studded cast of former greats of the game in the charity showdown tonight.

“I remember when I used to see the guys I looked up to out on the field, it put a bit of a spark in me and spurred me on to keep going with it and try and achieve my dreams,” he said.

“I love my football, and without it I am not sure where I would have ended up so I like the opportunity to try and give something back.”

The Across The Waves-organised event will feature a marquee match between two hand-picked teams featuring the Rum City's most promising players.

Former Origin greats, O'Davis, Gary Larson and Colin Scott and former NRL stars Matt Geyer, Mark Tookey and Darren Burns will add a bit of magic to the game, playing alongside the Bundaberg Rugby League campaigners.

The former players toured the Bundaberg Rum Distillery and sampled some of the region's local produce yesterday ahead of a Sportsman's Dinner at Across The Waves last night.

A portion of proceeds raised from the sale of tickets to the game and dinner will be donated to Bundaberg residents hit by the floods.

O'Davis said the cause had made signing on for Legends On The Field an easy decision for the former NRL players.

“If a few old blokes running around crashing into each other can help out, we'll be more than happy to oblige,” he said.

“It's a tremendous cause and we're very happy to be able to get behind it.”

As well as helping to provide some off-season league action at Salter Oval, the six NRL players will host an open training session for juniors this morning.

Across The Waves division one coach Mark Craswell said Legends On The Field was about coming together as a community and enjoying one of the region's favourite past times.

“There's going to be a lot of people out in those stands who haven't been able to watch players of this calibre do their thing,” he said.

“We're thankful of their support and we hope we can help in some small way to get flood-affected residents back on their feet.”

Craswell said the event had helped to unite Bundaberg's football community, with people from all clubs becoming involved and pitching in to help.

“This isn't about one particular club, it's about showcasing Rugby League and doing what we can to help a worthy cause.”

The marquee fixture will kick off at 6.30pm on Salter Oval and will be preceded by representative Bundaberg Junior Rugby League and Women's Rugby League games.

Entry is $7 for adults, $5 for pensioners and children under the age of 16, and free for children under five.



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