RETURN: Fraser Coast All Star Paul Gerchow in action last year.
RETURN: Fraser Coast All Star Paul Gerchow in action last year. Matthew McInerney

Chow ready for legends

IT DID not take much to convince Hervey Bay Seagulls veteran Paul Gerchow to have another run against the Australian All Stars.

Gerchow was part of last year's Legends of League game of Stafford Park, and jumped at the opportunity to be part of the former rugby league stars' second visit to the Fraser Coast.

"It's a good weekend,” Gerchow said.

"The boys that come are all good blokes.

"Last year was daunting as we didn't know what to expect, but if you wanted to go hard, they'd go hard, but it's good fun.”

The aptly-named Australian All Stars boast a star-studded line-up of former State of Origin and Australian players.

Former Brisbane Bronco, Wests Tiger and Gold Coast Titans maestro turned national touch footy rep Scott Prince, former Queensland Origin forwards David Shillingtona nd Ben Hannant. recently retired Gold Coast Titans and New Zealand Warriors hooker Nathan Friend will play, as will speedsters Chris Walker and Nathan Blacklock.

Gerchow, who previously played with Friend and against Chris Walker in Toowoomba, played five Bundaberg Rugby League A-grade for Hervey Bay Seagulls this year, but you get the feeling he might enjoy this experience more than a fully-fledged fixture.

"This is a good community event,” Gerchow said.

"(The All Stars) will be going to schools and talking to kids about their welfare and how important it is to finish school.

"A lot of blokes who played in the NRL would finish their careers and not have a job to go to. It's extremely important.”

Tickets are available from either Rebel Sport, Hervey Bay, or through the Hervey Bay Seagulls. Tickets bought ahead of the November 25 Legends of League game are $10 for adults, $5 for children aged from 5-12, and $20 for a family pass. Gate tickets are $12, $5 and $25 each, respectively. Gates open at 10.30am, games start at 11am, with the main game at 7pm.



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