Warwick connection to league team of the century
RUGBY LEAGUE: The contribution of the indigenous community to rugby league in Toowoomba has been celebrated over the weekend, with the on-field efforts of a select group of players recognised.
The South-West Indigenous Team of the Century was announced at the Jack Martin Centre on Friday night in the build-up to the TRL's first Indigenous All Stars Day.
Former Warwick player Laurie Blake has been named in the team. He played in Roma, Toowoomba and Brisbane and part of one season in Warwick.
His father Laurie Snr was one of the best players to take the field for Eastern Suburbs in Warwick before moving to Roma.
This team recognises the best indigenous players to have graced the field in the area and features some quality talent.
Dick Rose was a pioneer who became the first Aboriginal player to captain the Toowoomba Clydesdales he led the famous team against Great Britain in 1970.
Such is his standing in the game in the region, Rose was named as halfback and captain of the South-West Indigenous Team of the Century in what was a proud moment.
"It's pretty special. It's just one of things that happens and I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time," Rose said.
Two fullbacks were named as selectors couldn't split Cec Doherty and Rick Weribone.
The team was presented to the crowd at the TRL's Indigenous All Stars Day.
"It's really amazing to see something like this happen," Rose said of day of games to celebrate the contributions of the indigenous community.
"I'm glad that the rugby league public of Toowoomba has got behind it."
South-West Indigenous Team of the Century
1 Cec Docherty, 1 Rick Weribone, 2 Robert Clevin, 3 Wayne Weribone, 4 Laurie Blake, 5 Gary Hazard, 6 Tom Clevin, 7 Dick Rose (c), 8 Cliff Weatherall, 9 Randall Taylor, 10 Jack Gibbs, 11 Bradley George, 12 Sabastian Rankine, 13 Ron Willy Weatherall, 14 Buddy Duncan, 15 Jeff Miller, 16 Bill Gorringe, 17 Ricky Hazard, 18 Alec Young, 19 Jeff Slater, 20 James Hood