Langer boys to grab spotlight
MANY years ago, at the family home in North Ipswich, little Allan had to punch above his weight to compete in the games of backyard rugby league.
It obviously served him well as young Allan – Langer that is – went on to become one of the game’s greatest halfbacks.
Cliff, Kevin and Neville Langer get the chance this afternoon to prove they taught their little brother everything he knows.
The three eldest Langers will line up in the Ipswich State League Legends team that takes on the Gold Coast Titans Old Boys.
Once they’re done, youngest sibling Alfie will get his chance to show he’s still got it in the main game playing for the Brisbane Broncos All Stars against the Ipswich NRL All Stars.
More importantly, it is a chance for the rugby league fraternity to come together as one to raise money for junior clubs affected by the January floods.
“It is good to see all the old players,” Cliff Langer said.
“I didn’t expect all them to come.
“It’s good to see.”
Cliff, the oldest of the four Langer brothers, is fit and raring to go for the match.
“I’m probably sharper now than I was when I was playing,” he said.
Cliff is excited to get a run alongside Kevin and Neville but knows which sibling he’d like to have next to him if he were playing for sheep stations.
“I’d probably like to be on Allan’s side,” he said.
That is unlikely given the schedule of today’s games, but you never know.
If the two happen to get a run against each other this evening, Cliff doesn’t think Allan has too much to worry about should he catch him in a tackle.
“I wouldn’t go too hard,” Cliff said.
“He might get me back.”
Cliff’s Woodend property was unaffected by the floods but the Langers’ old junior club Norths was devastated, with the grounds and club house still unusable.
“It was a shock,” Cliff said of the damage done to his old stomping ground.
Cliff was unable to help the clean-up at the time due to work commitments so is eager to help out today.
“I never got to give them a hand,” he said.
“I was too busy working so this is my chance to give back a bit.
“I’m looking forward to it.”