Cherbourg legends ready to take on league greats
RUGBY LEAGUE: Cherbourg's top rugby league players have put their hands up to make their town proud at February's Legends of League game.
The home town team, made up of players over 35 years old, will come up against Australia's Legends of League team, made up of former NRL greats.
President of the Cherbourg Hornets, Warren Collins, said the town was looking forward to hosting the game and seeing how their players match up.
"People are excited to see this happening - a few people are waiting to see the old guys pull on the boots again and see how they go,” he said.
"For some of them it has been a number of years and it will be good to see them get out there have a go and enjoy the game.”
The legends game will kick off on February 9, 2019 at 5pm but it is just one game in what is set to be a big day of footy for Cherbourg.
At 9.30pm under-8 and U10 players from Murgon, Cherbourg and Wondai will play followed by Murgon v Cherbourg primary school aged kids, who will play at 10.55am.
Collins said the kids would play an important part in the day.
"It is important because a lot of our kids don't get to see the big name players play and it is a good opportunity for them to be a part of it,” he said.
Murgon and Kingaroy high school players will go head to head at 11.45am followed by a match between Cherbourg and the Oakey Redbelly Blacks.
The Hornets struggled to field an U14 and U16 team in 2018 and Collins hopes the day inspires players to get back on the field for their team.
"We are hoping to field all sides but I know that will be difficult because we are physically short in numbers in the older grades,” he said.
The Hornets and Brisbane Natives will be playing for the Gyemore Shield for the first time in a number of years from 3pm.
The shield, played in honour of three brothers killed in a car crash, sees players from Cherbourg and from the Natives side, many of whom have roots in Cherbourg, give it their all for the brothers who loved the game.
The day of league will be an alcohol-free event at Jack O'Chin Oval.
Tickets at the gate are $12 for adults, $5 for kids and $25 for a family.
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