Legends duel proves winner
THREE bruised ribs, two pain needles, a hangover and $20,000 to donate to Ipswich Junior Rugby League (IJRL) clubs – Saturday night wasn’t too bad for Pat O’Doherty.
Legends of League charity match organiser O’Doherty said the North Ipswich Reserve event was “very successful”.
“All morning, players have been texting me saying they really enjoyed the night and they are keen to do it again,” O’Doherty said yesterday.
“The guys loved the experience and I think we will do it again this year sometime.
“We might take it up to North Queensland to help clubs affected by Cyclone Yasi or go to Toowoomba and Warwick to support those clubs that were devastated.”
O’Doherty even managed to get on the field in the second match, but it came at a cost thanks to Brisbane Broncos legend Shane Webcke.
“Shane Webcke got me good in a tackle and my ribs are very sore today,” O’Doherty said.
“Webcke played well. He couldn’t help himself and really ripped in at times.
“I think he could still play in the NRL . . . he was very impressive.”
O’Doherty needed an injection in his knee and ankle to play.
“I think my knee these days is just bone on bone so I wasn’t able to stretch out on the field,” he said. “There was no way I was going to miss the chance to be out there with the Langer and Walters boys again.”
The match was attended by nearly 2000 fans. Even though there were plenty of kids in the crowd – who were allowed in free – most families paid money for their children’s admission anyway.
“The spirit at the game was great and even though there was a bit of rain about, everyone enjoyed themselves,” O’Doherty said.
“There were no incidents at all.
“None of the players were injured, just a few bumps and bruises and sore heads this morning.”
The sore heads were partly a result of kicking on to Ipswich nightspots Metropole Hotel and Cocktails after the game.
The likes of Allan Langer and Canberra Raiders star Terry Campese partied well into the night, mingling with Ipswich locals without any incident.
“Everyone had a great time after the game swapping stories,” O’Doherty said.
“Alfie did not dance on tables thankfully.”
The post-match jersey auction raised thousands of dollars for Ipswich junior rugby league clubs.
Webcke’s jersey fetched the most money, sold to a consortium of former Brisbane Broncos players for $1100.
The players want to hang the jersey up at the club’s Red Hill base.