Entertainment

NRL heroes line up for flood relief

Former Broncos star Allan Langer.
Former Broncos star Allan Langer. Sunshine Coast Daily

A WHO’S who of Ipswich rugby league allstars will take on legends of league to raise money for flood-affected junior clubs in the area.

The exciting event is the brain-child of former Ipswich Jets players Pat O’Doherty and Chris Beattie, who both went on to play in the NRL.

After only a few phone calls, the cream of former rugby league talent had put their hands up to play for the kids.

The team sheets feature league luminaries Allan Langer, Mal Meninga, Ivan Henjak, Bob Lindner, Kerrod Walters and Shane Webcke.

O’Doherty said two games would be played at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday March 5 followed by a fund-raising function.

The first game will be Ipswich State League and Diggers Legends versus Titans Old Boys, and the main game is the Ipswich NRL Allstars against the Broncos Legends.

“We’ve got all four Langer boys who played, we’ve got Kerrod Walters and Andrew Walters and we’re trying to get Steve, Brett and Kevin,” O’Doherty said. “Ipswich boys include Anthony Fowler, Tommy Lenihan, Darren Wolens, Andy Bichel. We’ve got a lot of boys who came from the clubs that were affected.”

He said he hoped for a crowd of 2000 to 4000 and to raise between $20,000 and $30,000.

O’Doherty said the idea got up and running last week when he ran into Chris Beattie who he played with for the Jets in 1986.

“We started talking about the flood and how bad it was,” O’Doherty said. “I said to him about how in the ’74 floods I was eight, and to see what happened in my club Norths really stuck with me. Allan Langer played for Norths at the same time. Chris and I looked at each other and said: ‘What can we do?’”

To get the ball rolling, he called the marketing manager of the Broncos who put him onto the president of their Old Boys.

New Jets co-coach Ben Walker asked if he could help and he contacted Broncos coach Ivan Henjak, who Pat played with at Wests in Sydney.

Meanwhile O’Doherty rang Ipswich sport legend Dick Tazelaar, State of Origin great and former Brother coach Bob Lindner and players he played with at the Gold Coast Seagulls.

“I just said to them all: ‘We’ve got to do something for these kids; they’re devastated; they’ve got nothing’,” O’Doherty said.

“We’ve got the sponsors and Kombat has donated jerseys and shirts. On the back of the jersey is our motto: Doing it for the kids.

“Ipswich is a very strong town; it’s a tough town but there are a lot of soft touches as well.”

“Bob Lindner is coaching the Ipswich side and he said: ‘Don’t worry about Mal Meninga, he’ll be there’.”

Jamie McQueen, who Pat works with at the CFMEU and who played for Brothers and Swifts, helped him with the organising.

“The union has come on board and a lot of construction businesses want to help out,” O’Doherty said. “The council also came on board with Paul Pisasale and they have given us North Ipswich Reserve to use.

He said general entry would be $5 with corporate tables available for $105 a seat or $1000 a table.

 Anyone who wants to play or help can call Pat O’Doherty: 0405 267 530.

>> More Sport news




Ipswich CBD: Police tell 1000 to move on

Police staffing levels in the mall is high. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

'Undesirables' targeted in Ipswich CBD police blitz

How you can be involved in designing the new city heart

Artist impression of the Ipswich Mall for the rejuvenation project to be undertaken by Ipswich City Properties

Construction will start next year on Ipswich CBD makeover

Revamp bringing more jobs to region

Lions Club Richlands has started a $12m redevelopment.

VIDEO: $12 million redevelopment will change face of sporting club

Latest deals and offers

Marvel-ous: Thor actors visit sick kids at Lady Cilento

Stars of Thor: Ragnarok dropped in on patients at the hospital

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Morgan Freeman asks: are we alone? Why do humans exist?

Morgan Freeman in Through the Wormhole. Photo: Discovery Science

Question all you thought you knew, on Foxtel.

Five new things to see and do at this year's Muster

There's already plenty of fun to be had at the XXXX bar.

Here are five new things to see and do at this year's Gympie Muster

Cheap Fraser Coast island drops its price

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.