Legends set to play in Rose City
ONE of the best footballers produced on the Southern Downs, former Leyburn prop Shane Webcke, is one of the first players to confirm he will play in a Legends rugby league game at Father Ranger Oval on August 20 at 5pm or thereabouts.
The game is being organised by the Warwick Cowboys, Men of League under CEO Bob Bennett, and Warwick-based junior clubs Eastern Suburbs and Collegians.
While some past and one or two present Warwick Cowboys players will be in the team, the majority of players will represent clubs from the former Warwick and District Rugby League area where teams from Killarney to Tenterfield, Pittsworth and Clifton to Goondiwindi played for the St George Cup.
Teams will be confirmed within the next week.
Bob Bennett, the younger brother of Dragons coach Wayne Bennett, won three successive A-grade premierships with Collegians in the Warwick and District competition, and will coach the local side.
He approached Webcke in Wollongong on Tuesday.
“Shane said that will be good,” Bennett said.
Retired Dragons player Wendell Sailor checked out Father Ranger Oval during the Dragons NRL One Community visit two weeks ago and said he was keen to play in a Legends game in Warwick.
The Dragons NRL side will play Melbourne that weekend but the exact date hasn’t been confirmed which will have an impact on whether Sailor or Wayne Bennett can make the trip to Warwick.
The Dragons Legends list could include former Origin stars like Nathan Blacklock, David Barnhill, Rod Wishart, Trent Barrett and the scorer of arguably the greatest try in Origin history, Mark Coyne.
Possible Warwick and District players include former NRL stars Billy Moore (Tenterfield), Michael Hancock (Stanthorpe), Michael Coorey (Collegians), Mark Hohn (Pittsworth), Grant Rix (Warwick) and Ewan McGrady (Goondiwindi) as well as club players of note.