Stealing the spotlight
IPSWICH NRL Allstars manager Dick Tazelaar claims he had one of the easiest jobs during Saturday night’s charity match.
“I just had to make sure I got 20 jerseys out and on the right person, and made sure the Gatorade was all good at the end of the game,” Tazelaar said yesterday.
However, the former Sheffield Shield-winning cricketer enjoyed the occasion, sitting alongside coach Bob Lindner on the bench as the Ipswich Allstars drew 18-18 with the Broncos Allstars.
“I think it went beyond expectations,” Tazelaar said, congratulating charity match co-organisers Pat O’Doherty and Chris Beattie.
“Pat and Chris done a fantastic job in the short time they had to organise everything.”
O’Doherty and Beattie played in the match alongside other Ipswich identities like Anthony Fowler, Chris Scanlan and the Lenihan brothers Jimmy and Tom.
Tazelaar said former Queensland cricket fast bowling partner Andy Bichel and Ipswich football stalwart Cliff Langer deserved the best player honours.
“Bic showed those footballers he had a bit of pace and scored two tries,” Tazelaar said.
“It was probably close to a man-of-the-match effort.
“Cliffy Langer was brilliant as well.
“He was here, there and everywhere. He was probably the fittest I’ve ever seen him.”
The Ipswich State League Legends won the earlier match 20-18 against the Gold Coast Titans Old Boys.
However, it was the evening match that provided the tightest finish.
Despite the rainy conditions, the elite players were happy to stay out on the field after the game to sign autographs and meet fans.
Like a number of sporting identities, Tazelaar offered some cricket bats to auction at Saturday night’s corporate function at the Ipswich Workers Club.
“The auction items were fantastic,” Tazelaar said.
– David Lems