Sports greats give a hand

LEAGUE NIGHT OUT: Steve Walters, Fearless Fred Casey and Trevor Lindeberg enjoy an evening of fun and football with Mary and Lenny Nelson.
LEAGUE NIGHT OUT: Steve Walters, Fearless Fred Casey and Trevor Lindeberg enjoy an evening of fun and football with Mary and Lenny Nelson. Contributed

A NIGHT to remember was had in the shadows of some rugby league greats.

A special sportsman dinner at Mundubbera together with an outstanding game of football between North Burnett and Central Burnett proved a mighty success to end this year's rugby league season.

Master of ceremonies on Saturday night was Mundubbera rugby league stalwart Kevin Embrey.

Mr Embrey, whose involvement with Central Burnett rugby league goes back to 1983, is now one of the driving forces behind the Men of League Foundation.

Mr Embrey said the Men of League were lovers of the game who recognised the needs of people who had been involved with rugby league who needed a helping hand.

"It could be a car accident or a sporting injury or sometimes people just fall on hard times, if we can help we will," he said.

"The organisation is hell-bent on supporting our rugby league family.

"We host dinners like this to raise funds for people in need and raise awareness that not everyone is always okay."

Guest speaker for the evening was rugby league legend Steve Walters who interviewed some of the esteemed members of the great Valleys Rugby League Team for the 80s.

Mr Walters said he was proud to help out Men of League.

"I know only too well how hard everyone works to raise money for ex-players and officials who need a hand," he said.

"All types of injuries or illnesses can catch you out when you don't expect it and these guys are willing to lend a hand."

Boxing giant Fearless Fred Casey was also a guest speaker and he told tales of his Olympic glory and his rise through the professional ranks.

Mr Casey also kept the function buzzing with his jokes and quick wit.

Men of League Foundation Fraser Coast promotions and publicity officer Trevor Lindeberg said sport fans could look forward to this dinner being an annual event.

"League supporters and players need an end of season event to bring us all together," he said.

"The game played today under the banner of The Central Burnett Men of League Charity Shield, will now live on and I expect it to grow in importance as the years go by."

Topics:  central and north burnett football mundubbera

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