Henjak to coach in Ipswich

HE’S BEEN dumped from the Broncos, but Ivan Henjak will still coach a Broncos Old Boys team in an Ipswich fund-raising game.

Henjak, who was sensationally sacked on Monday, was yesterday confirmed as coach of a team of former Broncos players to take on Ipswich NRL Allstars on March 5.

It is the main game of a double-header at North Ipswich Reserve to raise money for flood-affected junior rugby league clubs in and around Ipswich.

Former Ipswich Jets player Pat O’Doherty, who is organising the event with Chris Beattie, recalled playing with Henjak at Wests in Sydney in the early 1990s.

“It was good when he was there; he was a couple of years older than me,” O’Doherty said.

“We used to call ourselves the 66 Club because most of us were born in 1966.

“He shared a fair bit of knowledge with us.

“I’ve taken kids from Silkstone State School down to the Broncos the past few years and Ivan would come out and sign autographs and then show the kids through the club.”

The finest former rugby league players put their hands up to do it for the kids on March 5, headlined by Allan Langer, Mal Meninga, Steve Renouf, Bob Lindner, Kerrod Walters and Shane Webcke.

Yesterday, O’Doherty released team sheets of players who confirmed they would take the field for either the main game Ipswich State League and Diggers Legends versus Titans Old Boys.

They include:

  • Chris Close.
  • Trevor Gillmeister.
  • Wally Fullerton-Smith .
  • Andrew Gee.
  • Ben Walker.
  • Shane Walker.
  • Matt Ralph.
  • Andy Bichel.
  • Chris Scanlon.
  • Tommy Lenihan.
  • Jimmy Lenihan.
  • Craig Maudsley.

He said Canberra Raiders star Terry Campese was also coming up to sign autographs and State of Origin warhorse Steve Price was making an appearance.

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

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

“Where else could you see two great rugby league games and have a fun night out for only $5?” O’Doherty said.

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

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