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Two of the biggest names in Rugby League are dusting off the boots one more time to help raise funds for former South Queensland, Gold Coast and Parramatta forward Brett Horsnell who has been diagnosed with cancer.
The ?King? Wally Lewis will link with his former team mate Allan Langer ?One More Time For A Mate? in a game where they will be joined by former internationals Trevor Gillmseister, Phil Daley, Graham Eadie, Dale Shearer, Chris Close, Mark Hohn, Grant Young, Wally Fullerton-Smith, Graham Mackay and Ben Ikin.
Lewis will return from an engagement in Sydney while Langer will hire a chopper to make sure he arrives on the Gold Coast in time from a commitment on the Sunshine Coast.
As well as some of the games greats, the match will also see the return of the South Queensland Crushers and Gold Coast Seagulls.
The Aztec Gold of the Crushers will meet the Red, Black and White of the Seagulls on Saturday October 23 at Pizzey Park, Burleigh Heads with the kick off scheduled for 3 PM.
Former Manly and Crushers forward John Jones is part of the group organising the match and says the response has been overwhelming from the players and shows the high regard in which Brett is held.
? All of ?Horses? former team mates and coaches have rallied to the cause and now we hope the fans will turn out in numbers not only to see some great players go around again but also see the mighty Crushers and Seagulls jumpers one more time for a mate.?
?There will be some of the greatest players of the last 20 years in action and it is a great opportunity for rugby league supporters to mingle with some superstars of the game and help one of its most respected.?
Horsnell played 155 first grade matches, 83 for the Gold Coast, 38 for the Crushers and 34 for the Eels. Premiership winning captain and former International Glenn Lazarus and 2003 Grand Final hero Scott Sattler will be involved by agreeing to be touch judges on the day with Fox Sports commentator Mark Braybrook refereeing the match.
After the game a function will be held at the Tree Tops Tavern West Burleigh where Langer, Gillmeister, Close and a few others will relive some great rugby league moments.
?We have been able to get some wonderful items for auction with an NRL match ball signed by Ricky Stuart, Brad Fittler, Steve Folkes and Steven Price on the eve of the Grand Final. There will also be a signed Bulldogs and Cowboys jumper as well as a ?Crushers Captains? framed jumper. It is signed by all the Crushers first grade captains and is a one off, ? Jones says.
Date: October 23 2004 Venue: Pizzey Park, Burleigh Time: 3 PM Kick Off, $10 admission for adults, kids free Sportsman?s Dinner: 7 PM Tree Tops Tavern, Classic Way Burleigh Waters Speakers Include: Allan Langer, Trevor Gillmeister, Chris Close Cost: $100 per head $900 table of ten all inclusive.
Crushers Mark Hohn, Tony Hearn, Grant Young, Clinton O'Brien, Danny McAllister, John Jones, Trevor Gillmeister, Mark Protheroe, Ray Herring, Criag O'Dwyer, Dale Shearer, Wayne Simonds, Jason Hudson, Alan Langer, Kevin Charmichael, Jason Wendt, David Krause
Gold Coast Graham Eadie, Peter Gill, Danny Peacock, Ian Graham, Phil Daley, Steve Jackson, Mick McLean, Ben Ikin, Chris Close, Wally Fullerton-Smith, Graham Mackay, Jamie Matthiou, Tony Durheim, Troy McCarthy, Michael Searle,Adrian Vowles, Clinton Mohr, Robin Thorne, Terry Cook.