Legends of league to end big week in the Bay
LEGENDS of League could play their final game in Hervey Bay tonight.
The event pits retired NRL stars against legends from local rugby league, and will be held at Stafford Park for the second time.
Craig Teevan, who played 103 first grade games, primarily for South Queensland Crushers and Gold Coast Charges, said tonight's game shaped as a rare showcase of recently retired players.
The likes of Scott Prince, Ben Hannant and Nathan Friend, all of whom retired in the past five years, are slated to appear. If Hannant repeats his form from yesterday's bowls day at Hervey Bay Bowls Club, the Fraser Coast All Stars could be in some strife.
Former Parramatta and Brisbane flyer Stuart Kelly is another who could pose a big risk to our local legends.
He blew away rival teams on the bowling green, and crossed for a try in last year's Legends of League.
But for Kelly, who played 182 games in the top flight before he retired aged 29, said the event was more about building the community than footy.
The legends' speaking engagements included local schools earlier in the week, and a group of police officers and youths yesterday.
All conversations covered similar topics: how to face and overcome challenges, the impact of social media, and bullying.
"It's about coming to communities and raising some money for charities, bring communities together and try to educate the kids or give them some help,” Kelly said. "If they can pick something up from one of our talks to help them along in life that'd be great.”
Teevan echoed Kelly's comments.
"I get a big kick out of it, going to schools and we deliver messages, and to have kids come up to you and relate to what you're saying and ask questions. you can see you're actually making a difference,” Teevan said. "It's good fun for the community.”