Legends a smash hit
THE GAME had it all, including two tries to iconic big man Mark Tookey and one after the siren to former Queensland Origin Great Robbie O’Davis.
Their heroics were the difference as Orange beat White 22-12 to draw the curtain on the Across The Waves (ATW) Rugby League Football Club’s Legends on the Field 2011 program on Saturday.
The match also featured former Maroons greats and Test representatives Gary Larson and Colin Scott, Melbourne Storm dual premiership dynamo Matt Geyer and NRL player Darren Burns.
They were mingled among 34 players from all six affiliated Bundaberg Rugby League Clubs, made up of some wonderful servants of the game through to a string of very promising young guns.
The “Super Six” were a hit all weekend, starting on Friday night when they all spoke at a Sports Dinner at the Civic Centre.
On Saturday morning, they joined ATW’s own former NRL star Sid Domic to put around 40 juniors through their paces at a free coaching clinic.
All six also joined in the game whole-heartedly despite age having wearied most of them, although Geyer and O’Davis were always the most dangerous for White and Orange respectively with their vision, skills and speed something to behold.
ATW halfback Brendan Pimm was involved in a play that he will never forget, gathering the ball from a clever O’Davis kick in the dying seconds, then presenting him back the pass for a spectacular try which was the icing on the cake for the appreciative crowd of around 1000.
One of the event coordinators and White team coach Mark Craswell named Tookey as his Man of the Match but said the award could have gone to any of the players.
Gasping for breath after going full throttle every time he was injected into the game, Tookey, the former South Queensland Crushers, Parramatta Eels and Auckland Warriors wrecking ball who is now a coach with the Souths Logan Magpies in Brisbane, was delighted to be involved.
“The whole weekend has been great and the game was played in great spirit,” Tookey said.
“It’s not something we normally do – usually when us old boys have a run, it is hit and giggle, but this was played hard, we’ve enjoyed and I think all the fans have enjoyed it.”
The event was the brain-child of ATWRLFC president Terry Cassidy who was beaming.
“It all came together quite well, everyone had a ball at the dinner, the six players were great, and while it was a pity we didn’t have more kids at the clinic, they all got some quality time and they received a signed Queensland Origin cap,” Cassidy said.
“Bundaberg likes it too, as show by the crowd numbers.
“We wanted to do something that hasn’t been done here before and now we’ve done it, we want to make it an annual event and we know which areas to attack.”