Well-known sportsmen (from left) Alex Tobin, Chris
Well-known sportsmen (from left) Alex Tobin, Chris "Buddha" Handy, Craig Moore and Paul Wade held court on Thursday night at the Grand Hotel. Chrissy Harris

Football royalty visit Gladstone

AUSTRALIAN football royalty took the floor to share their colourful sporting journeys at the Grand Hotel on Thursday night for Central Football Club’s fundraising dinner, auction and sportsman’s night.

The function offered the Gladstone community an opportunity to enjoy a relaxed social evening with Craig Moore, Alex Tobin, Paul Wade, and rugby union’s Chris ‘Buddha’ Handy, along with the chance to bid on some rare sporting memorabilia.

Former Wallaby and rugby personality Handy said the event, which also encompassed a junior training camp, was a great way to promote the world game and encourage kids to follow their sporting dreams.

“I’m, of course, from the game they play in heaven, but the world game has a compelling case,” he said.

“Centrals have done a wonderful initiative in getting three Socceroos to Gladstone to run a coaching clinic, and then for a sportsmen’s night is something fantastic, because if you don’t paint the pathway for kids to follow to say playing for the Socceroos is possible, then they can’t see their way through there.

“Gladstone’s a great place to have it, it’s a great place to be and I’m delighted to be back here.”

The money raised from the event will go towards helping Central players Jayden Clark and Shane Baxter embark on a football tour in England with Football Queensland, with the remaining funds to Central FC junior football.



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