Gillmeister plays in charity clash

FOR THE first time in his career, Trevor “The Axe” Gillmeister has promised not to hurt anyone on the rugby league field.

Gillmeister will be one of the stars featured in the Legends of League fundraiser match on Saturday at the North Ipswich Reserve.

Gillmeister, now aged 46, is arguably rugby league’s greatest tackler.

But the State of Origin legend said he would not want to hurt anyone in Saturday’s charity match, which promises to be a great event watched by 4000 plus people.

“I’m not going to hurt anyone because I don’t want to get hurt myself,” Gillmeister said.

“This is not the sort of game where I’m going to try and line blokes up or anything like that.

“It’s about fundraising and having fun. I know a few people in Brisbane who were affected by the floods and we all saw the footage.

“Hopefully we raise a lot of money for those who lost everything.”

Gillmeister said he was still in good shape despite the number of wrinkles across his forehead.

“My body is still all right actually,” he said.

“I still run around on the training paddock a bit because of my role with the Titans so I’m feeling good body wise.”

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

The wanted to create an event that would raise funds for flood affected junior rugby league clubs in Ipswich.

After only a few phone calls from the pair, 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, Ivan Henjak, Bob Lindner, Kerrod Walters and Shane Webcke.

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.

Gillmeister is the assistant coach at the Gold Coast Titans, but on Saturday he will play alongside Titans coach John Cartwright in the Titans old boys team.

Gillmeister made his Queensland State of Origin debut in 1987. He played in 22 State of Origin matches for Queensland between 1987 and 1996.

He captained the Queensland team to a 3–0 series victory in 1995 despite battling a blood disorder which required hospital treatment.

“I can barely remember the last time I played. I just know its been a long time,” Gillmeister said.

“It will be a great chance to catch up with mates I haven’t seen in a long time.

“We are all so busy these days it’s hard to see people.

“I can’t wait to have a beer with them after the game.”

Major sponsors include Thiess, the CFMEU, Ipswich Jets, Kombat Clothing, Anne Webber Group, Yalumba Wines, XXXX and Ipswich City Council.

The Legends of League matches will be played at 4.30pm and 6pm on Saturday at North Ipswich Reserve.

General entry for the match is $5 with corporate tables available for $105 a seat or $1000 a table.

Keep reading your QT for more colour stories and coverage of Saturday’s massive fundraiser.

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