Ball boys keen to take field
ONE Warwick boy has been preparing for the biggest day of his life.
Nine year-old Ben Fisher won the Daily News competition to be become a St George-Illawarra Dragon for a day – which will see him tour with the Dragons and be a ball boy for the Black Toyota Legends Rugby League game tonight – but he has also been cast in the St Mary’s School musical, which is being staged tonight.
Ben will fetch the ball from the sidelines at today’s legends match which starts at 5.15pm before dashing to Town Hall by 6.30pm to perform as a member of the Queen’s army in Alice in Wonderland.
Although Ben usually follows the Gold Coast Titans, he was familiar with the Dragons, thanks to his teacher, well-known St George-Illawarra tragic Dave Carr.
“My teacher, Dave Carr, would have to be the biggest fan in Warwick. The Dragons are almost a subject,” he said. “It will be sweet to tell him I’ve met the Dragons.”
Ben said he looked forward to the match and was most excited about meeting the Dragons’ players.
Twelve year-old Tanner Alldridge, who’ll take up the ball boy duties alongside Ben, said being a Dragon for a day was a dream come true and he couldn’t wait for the game.
Despite the fact he would be meeting and spending time with his idols, Tanner said he wasn’t nervous.
“I am more excited than nervous,” he said.
He has his own game of rugby league to get through this morning with Eastern Suburbs before joining the Dragons for a warm-up session.
He said he was going to be glued to the television last night watching his favourite team go head-to-head with the Melbourne Storm, in preparation for today.
He said favourite players were Jamie Soward and Brett Morris.
The St George-Illawarra Dragons Legends will go to Father Ranger Oval today.
The players toured Warwick yesterday afternoon, heading out to the Maydan Feedlot and Akooramak before attending a Dragons Legends dinner in their honour.
They are set to see more of the Rose City this morning before checking out junior rugby league and Rose Bowl polocrosse.
The visit is a fundraiser for sporting clubs affected by the floods.