Wendell aims for the stars
WENDELL Sailor hopes Nathan Blacklock, David Barnhill, Rod Wishart and Trent Barrett will be four of his teammates in a St George Illawarra Dragons Legends team to play a Warwick and District Legends team towards the end of the 2011 season.
The game has the support of the Men of League organisation and will be the first between the Dragons, and Warwick and District for half a century.
Trevor Mulcahy refereed the 1957 game and was one of thousands at Father Ranger Oval on Saturday for the visit of the NRL side for the Dragons One Community Adopt-A-Club promotion.
While the game is yet to be confirmed, August 20 is one possibility in conjunction with a Cowboys round against Valleys.
It is ironic that the St George Club promised to donate the St George Cup in the early 1950s for competition in Warwick and District while the players were stranded in Warwick for a week by flooding.
More than 50 years later, the joint venture club was back in town to help raise funds for the Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Football Club as well as Collegians and Eastern Suburbs juniors in the aftermath of two more floods.
The spirit in the town after the floods was highlighted by Cowboys president Don Browne on Saturday who spoke of one woman who wasn’t able to physically be involved in the clean up who delivered scones for helpers.
Dragons CEO Peter Doust said there was great worth for his club in a long term relationship with the Warwick region.
Any fans who might suggest they will need a lounge chair on the bench for retired Dragons NRL winger Wendell Sailor during a Legends game better think again.
Sailor currently trains twice a week with the Dragons to help mentor young players.
Event co-ordinator Glen Whitton said the local legends side would include players from the former Warwick and District area, including some with Origin experience.
Sailor said former Dragons lock forward Johnny Raper, a star of the St George premiership winning run from 1956 to 1966, was likely to be in Warwick for a Legends/Warwick game.