Pat O’Doherty (rear right) and Chris Beattie with junior league players, front from left, Tagaela and Julius Tuluauau, Kobi Wilkins, Daniel Smith, and Aiden Carl, centre, Reece Broadway, and rear, Bryson O’Sullivan, Tom Attenborough, Brayden Wilson, and Luke O’Doherty.
Pat O’Doherty (rear right) and Chris Beattie with junior league players, front from left, Tagaela and Julius Tuluauau, Kobi Wilkins, Daniel Smith, and Aiden Carl, centre, Reece Broadway, and rear, Bryson O’Sullivan, Tom Attenborough, Brayden Wilson, and Luke O’Doherty. David Nielsen

League allstars idea builds

THE Ipswich rugby league allstars game is building momentum like a big forward making a block-busting run.

As The Queensland Times reported yesterday, a who’s who of Ipswich rugby league legends will take on the best of the rest to raise money for flood-affected junior clubs in and around Ipswich.

The exciting event that will be held on March 5 at North Ipswich Reserve was conceived by former Ipswich Jets players Pat O’Doherty and Chris Beattie, who both went on to play in the NRL.

The cream of former rugby league talent has put their hands up to play for the kids, headlined by Allan Langer, Mal Meninga, Ivan Henjak, Bob Lindner, Kerrod Walters and Shane Webcke.

O’Doherty said two games would be played followed by a corporate fundraising function. The main game is the Ipswich NRL Allstars against the Broncos Legends.

Yesterday, O’Doherty and Beattie met some of the youngsters their event will help at North Ipswich Reserve.

Tagaela Tuluauau, 12, from Goodna said he saw how terribly the floods affected his club and his community.

“It’s pretty sad what happened,” he said. “I helped out in Goodna and there was mud everywhere. Some people lost everything.

“Our club’s field was wrecked, the canteen was wrecked; we lost all our gear. I think it’s good that they’re trying to help.”

Tagaela said Shane Webcke was his favourite because “he’s a good tackler and he runs the ball hard.”

Pat O’Doherty’s 12-year-old son Luke was also caught up in his dad’s good work.

“I’m from Brothers so I wasn’t affected but our club and a lot of the other clubs that weren’t affected helped out the clubs that were,” he said.

O’Doherty admitted he was started to revise his prediction of a crowd of 2000 to 4000 and raising between $20,000 and $30,000.

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

“I’ve sold 10 tables and there’s still three weeks to go,” he said.

“I’ve had about 30 phone calls today. Everyone wants to help out or get involved.

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



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