Cherbourg legends working hard to take on nation's best
THE countdown is on at Cherbourg's Jack O'Chin Oval for when the town's legendary team will come up against Australia's greatest rugby league players in two weeks.
"Everyone is excited and getting the field in tip top condition. It needs a lot of work watering, mowing and fertilising and the hot weather doesn't help," Cherbourg Hornets club president Warren Collins said.
The players are also getting into top shape for the Legends of League game on Saturday, February 9 with 20 Hornets putting in the effort at training.
"They are doing a bit of fitness for some of the older guys to loosen the muscles up so they can at least run and a lot of ball work to get combinations together," Collins said.
"There a quite a few that haven't played for a number of years, there are one or two that are still playing for Cherbourg and some that have recently retired.
"These guys have all known each other over the years, some haven't played together but that shouldn't be a barrier."
The over-35 Cherbourg side will come up against the Australian legends team which will feature the likes of former maroons star Ben Hannant, Cowboys legend Matt Bowen and Kangaroo star John Hopoate.
The legends game will kick-off at 5pm and will be the feature of an action packed day of league in Cherbourg.
Juniors will play from 9.30am with Wondai, Cherbourg and Murgon under-8 and 10 players to take the field.
Cherbourg primary school players will take on Murgon players at 10.55am followed by a Murgon and Kingaroy high school game.
The Cherbourg men's team will come up against the Oakey Redbelly Blacks at 12.50 and the women will take on the Brisbane Natives at 2pm.
The Gyemore Shield will be awarded to the winner of the Cherbourg and Brisbane natives men's game to start at 3pm.
Cherbourg and Murgon U6 and U8 players will play at 4.40pm before the main event at 5pm.
"Everyone is excited and can't wait for the day," Collins said.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for kids and $25 for a family.