Timmins to turn out
A FIVE-EIGHTH who broke Queensland hearts with an extra time field goal to win a State of Origin game for New South Wales will be in Warwick for the St George Illawarra Dragons Legends game against Warwick and District Legends on August 20 at Father Ranger Oval.
Shaun Timmins kicked a field goal to win the first origin game in 2004.
He will play in the halves with Noel Goldthorpe who played origin for Queensland in the Super League era.
The Legends game is being organised by the Warwick Cowboys in conjunction with Men of League and the Eastern Suburbs and Collegians junior clubs.
The Dragons Legends side includes five players with Origin experience, Timmins, Goldthorpe, David Barnhill, Wayne Bartrim and Kevin Campion.
Team member Scott Gourley is a dual international who played rugby league and rugby union for Australia.
Dragons merchandise and marketing manager Chris Highett said it was unlikely that winger Wendell Sailor would make a second trip to Warwick this year.
“The Dragons will be pretty competitive, they played in the NRL and won’t like losing,” Highett said.
“There will be some funny moments; they are all excited to be playing against Shane Webcke.
“The players are excited to be back together again for the game and know what the game means to football in general and the Warwick area.”
The Dragons Legends team includes fullback Lee Murphy who played in the 1999 grand final.
Former NRL player Steve Edge and legendary Dragons lock forward Craig Young will both make the trip to Warwick.
The Dragons team will arrive in Warwick on the Friday afternoon and will visit Maydan Feedlot before a Sportsman’s Dinner which is being arranged in Warwick on the Friday night.
Event co-ordinator Glen Whitton said the Dragons Legends would be making an appearance at the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League semi finals at Collegians Oval on August 20 before the first of three games between Warwick Cowboys and Valleys Roosters in the Toowoomba competition.
Straight after A grade, there will be a special presentation to the Warwick and District players from the 1940s and 1950s who played in games against the Dragons.
The Warwick players will do a lap of honour with the Dragons Legends as a forerunner to the Legends game at 5.15pm.
One Warwick and District Legends player will be Ewan McGrady from the Goondiwindi area. McGrady won the Rothmans Medal for best and fairest and Rugby League Week Player of the Year in 1991.
Lee Murphy, Nathan Blacklock, Graeme Bradley, Chris Quinn, Rod Wishart, Shaun Timmins, Noel Goldthorpe, Colin Ward, Mark Riddell, Kevin Campion, Dave Barnhill, Scott Gourley, Wayne Bartrim, Anthony Kaberry, Luke Felsch, Warren Karney, Jason Hooper