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It will be a blast from the past in Bowen on May 20 when Denison Park plays host to an International Legends of League match between Australia Allstars and the Whitsunday All-Stars.
Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday approved $10,000 financial support to attract the International Legends of League to the Whitsunday Region.
As well as playing an Allstars match in Bowen, the Legends of League will also host a series of coaching clinics at schools in Collinsville, Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine and host a Legends Bowls Day and Dinner in Airlie Beach on May 19.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Legends of League have held over 35 of these matches in Queensland, NSW and PNG and they have proven wonderful community events.
“A group of 6-8 players, including former high profile indigenous players, will travel around the Whitsunday Region visiting hospitals and giving school assembly speeches with a focus on promoting the Stop Bullying Now message,” Mayor Willcox said
The players will also attend various community venues to educate children on health, exercise and resilience,” he said.
Legends of League organiser Troy Byers said former Test and State of Origin legends including Robbie O'Davis, Scott Prince, Kevin Campion, Kerry Bousted, Steve Renouf and Petero Civoniceva were in the mix to lace up the boots for the Australian side.
“The Whitsunday Allstars team will also feature local stars who have made their mark in Origin colours along with “local identities” that have played a key role in the development of rugby league in the Whitsunday Region,” he said.
“There will also be a series of five lead in games played before the Allstars match in Bowen with selected school teams and a women’s league game all invited to play on the day.