By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
THERE may have been a few dropped balls, a few missed tackles and the corner posts may have been made out of swimming pool noodles, but for the hundreds of kids and their families at the Legends rugby league match on Saturday night, none of that mattered.
The highlight of the night was when kids from all around the ground sprinted on to the field to watch the Kiwis perform the haka.
Whether it was the war dance or the boisterous New Zealand supporters in the crowd, the Kiwis snuck in a win, with the final score being 38-30, but the kids from Camp Quality walked away with much more.
At every break, the littlest footy fans took to the field, kicking goals, climbing goal posts, waddling, tripping, falling, crying.
But the tears and the scrapes were soon mopped up as they settled down next to Mum and Dad, mouths open, eyes bulging in their little faces as they watched their heroes waddling, tripping, falling.
The on-field action was just part of a memorable evening as Glad- stone celebrated in the presence of Legends at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday.
After some quality curtain- raiser matches, the Legends roared on to Marley Brown Oval with riders from the Harley Own- ers Group (HOG), creating plenty of noise and lifting expectations another notch.
By the time the players took the field, the crowd was buzzing in anticipation of the match, but a majority were able to keep their energy in check during inspiring performances of the national an- them by Rockhampton's Clinton Cassidy (New Zealand) and Cha- nel College student Kimberley Lowe (Australia).
Trevor Webb played the Last Post before many in the crowd surged forward to view the Kiwi players deliver a spirited haka, the traditional Maori dance re- ceiving a roar of appreciation to rival the noise from the Harley- Davidsons earlier.
Then came the kick-off and 80 minutes of memorable footy to complete a big night out.