Legends go head-to-head
THE Dragons Legends beat Warwick and District Legends 26-16 in a light-hearted Black Toyota game at father Ranger Oval late Saturday in front of a crowd of more than 2000.
There were no injuries in the game, which Warwick and District player Shane Webcke put down to “God smiling on those who do good things”.
“There were some fair collisions,” Webcke said.
The rugby league game raised funds for flood-hit Warwick rugby league clubs and the Men of League.
“For me, it was a 20-year reunion with Ray Bowman and Cameron Hamblin,” Webke said.
While joking it was disgraceful that Wayne Bennett coached the other (Dragons) side, Webcke praised him for heading home for the game after an NRL game in Melbourne on Friday night.
“There is definitely potential for Legends games,” Webke said.
“It is good to see blokes having a go.”
He has already signed up for his old club Wattles for 2012 and is set to make a couple of appearances when his Channel 7 commitments allow.
The Warwick manager of major sponsors Black Toyota, Denny said the Legends weekend was a wonderful community event.
“It is a great credit to the Dragons that they made the trip to Warwick,” he said.
“It would be good if the game could be played every two or three years.”
Dragons Legends captain David Barnhill said the game was sensational.
“Hopefully, it will raise a bit of money,” Barnhill said.
Barnhill rated halfback Noel Goldthorpe, second rower Scott Gourley and winger Rod Wishart as his best.
“Shane Webcke was pretty impressive. He must do a lot of fitness work,” Barnhill said.
Warwick Cowboys reserve grade captain Scott Beard played strongly in the Legends game, his second for the day.
Winger James Jerome scored the first try to put Warwick ahead 4-0, the only time the home side led.
While the Dragons donated a gold trophy to be presented to the winner of the Legends showdown, the result of the game didn’t really matter.
The real winner was the game of rugby league.