Scanlan ready to do an Alfie
TODAY’S junior rugby league charity flood appeal matches will give the old boys a chance to shine in front of adoring fans again..
But keeping them honest will be a handful of players still in their prime.
Chris Scanlan, who captained Norths in last year’s Ipswich Rugby League, didn’t have to be asked twice before committing to the game. That’s despite now living in Townsville.
“It is a one-time opportunity for someone my age,” the 25-year-old said.
“I’d be stupid to give it up.”
Scanlan was excited by the prospect of playing on the same bill as the likes of Allan Langer and Kerrod Walters who were among his childhood heroes.
He is even considering paying tribute to Langer when the Ipswich State League Legends take on the Gold Coast Titans Old Boys.
“I’ll be grubber kick and chasing the whole game,” Scanlan said.
Scanlan (pictured) was in Ipswich for the floods and in Townsville at the time Cyclone Yasi hits.
At one point, he was starting to wonder if it might not have been something personal.
“It’s been one disaster after another,” he said.
“It’s like they’re chasing me.”
The other reason he wouldn’t have missed the game is the chance it brings to help the junior rugby league clubs affected by the flood, like Scanlan’s home club Norths.
“I’ve spent all my life there,” he said of the Tigers’ Pelican Street headquarters.
Scanlan still holds out some hope of turning out for the Tigers in this year’s Ipswich Rugby League.
If tonight’s footy feast at the North Ipswich Reserve is a big enough success, he might even get to play on Norths’ home ground, Keith Sternberg Oval, which was inundated by the floods.