Roos honour Anzacs in best way they know how
AT THE going down of the sun over Eskdale Park, Queensland's oldest rugby league club and its fans will today gather in the fading light, and remember this country's heroes in the best way they know how.
Maryborough Wallaroos president Mitch Meyers knows playing footy is all the club can do to acknowledge the sacrifices its veterans made, and to remind the younger generations of why they must continue to make time to recognise the past.
In what promises to be a spine-tingling pre-game experience, silence will settle across the ground for a period of remembrance, before the Last Post plays and the opposing teams hold positions at the halfway line.
"We're the oldest rugby league club in Queensland, 120 years old, so there's a lot of people who played for us during the wars, or who went to war, or who returned from the war and became involved in the club," Meyers told the Chronicle ahead of the fixture he hopes will become an annual event.
"Obviously it's a big day, and as part of it we'll be opening the gate to any diggers to enter for free.
"We want to play a bit of footy and get people to think, especially the younger ones, about what Anzac Day means."
The game is the club's first home one of season 2014, and they don't come much bigger, with the Roos taking on the might of the competition's most consistent team of recent years, Past Brothers.
Adding further spice to the match will be the host of former Roos players or coaches who will line up in Past Brothers' colours, including Brad Jung, Shaun Collins and Shaun Hobson.
The Jung match-up in particular promises to add another element of intrigue to the encounter, with one of the Bundaberg Rugby League competition's leading props fronting up against his nephew William Jung, who will be hoping to knock the heavyweight good-and-proper from his perch.
Meyers said the A-Grade game would ice an entertaining Anzac Day of rugby league, with two reserve grade fixtures, the Roos' first official women's game (see page 34), as well as a midday U18s match.
Match day, April 25, Eskdale Park:
U18s Roos Vs Past Brothers: 12.50pm
Roos women Vs Past Brothers: 2pm
Maryborough Brothers Reserves Vs Bundaberg West: 3.15pm
Roos Reserves Vs Past Brothers: 4.30pm
Roos A-grade Vs Past Brothers: 4.30pm