Five Origin Legends to hit town
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
QUEEN'S Hotel publican and former NSW prop Phil Daley will open his establishment to the enemy when five former Queensland State of Origin legends visit Gladstone tomorrow.
Former Maroons Arthur Beetson, Gary Larson, Jason Hetherington, Bob Lindner and Billy Moore will visit Gladstone when the Legends of Origin relay to mark the 25th anniversary of State of Origin rumbles into town.
The tour's original schedule did not include the Gladstone visit but some prompting from Daley ensured harbour city rugby league fans did not miss their chance to see the former Queensland greats.
After being approached by the Australian Rugby League to be part of the tour, Daley noticed the relay skipped Gladstone on its journey from Rockhampton to Bundaberg.
'I said 'how about coming to Gladstone' and they put the relay on the road to Gladstone,' Daley said from Brisbane yesterday.
'It puts Gladstone on the map. We've got a good, strong league town ... it's a good thing for the town and a lot of things seem to always go to Rockhampton but not Gladstone.'
Daley said he looked forward to catching up with Lindner, who he toured with as a Kangaroo to Britain in 1986 and Hetherington, Moore and Larson who he came up against at state or club level.
'All those guys, I've locked horns with,' Daley said. 'And Arthur's a legend.
'I'll be the only one flying the flag for NSW. It's always a bit of fun at Origin time.'
The Legends visit begins with an in-store appearance and autograph session at Harvey Norman at 1pm followed by signings of the limited edition 25 Years of Origin book at Dymocks Booksellers at 2.30pm.
Following that will be a visit to Queen's Hotel with the public invited to come and meet the players and funds raised being presented to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.