Fight for the honours
THE Mac Baker Shield will be hoisted by either Calliope or Brothers on Saturday night and for the first time, the best player on the ground will be awarded the Lloyd House trophy.
Baker and House represented both clubs during their footy days and epitomise league at the amateur level.
The match is expected to have all the ingredients of bush footy: physical play, no-holds barred and a quiet drink after proceedings.
Calliope Roosters secretary Peter Masters said from a club perspective, the shield and trophy were very important to honour the men.
“(It's important) for us older blokes who had the privilege to play with and against the two gentlemen, who were known for their toughness and on-field leadership,” Masters said.
“They also led us off the field and after the hooter, I think it would be fair to say they liked a drink.”
Masters said both clubs were grateful to the Gladstone Rugby League and Gladstone Junior Rugby League for allowing juniors games before the main one on Saturday night.
Brothers reserves captain Russell Groth met Baker many years ago and played alongside him at the club.
“He was a really good bloke and a really good club person,” Groth said.
“He did a lot for me as a young fella.”
Groth said the initiative was a way of bringing the clubs together.
“It was always good to come out to Calliope, it felt like a mutual plus for us and this may have been due to the Mac Baker connection, and Lloydy House as well,” he said.
House's daughters, Shannon Josefski and Kody House, said they were extremely proud their father had been recognised in such a way.
“He'd be privileged as his life was football and family,” Josefski said. Kody will be at the game to present the Lloyd House trophy.
Calliope Roosters player Alex Busby is certain the game will be a cracker, as the side always lifts when Brothers are the opponents.
“We're looking forward to it, every game against the fish is definitely bigger than any other home game,” Busby said.
“I hope our boys step up and play just as hard as last time.”
The first game of three junior matches starts at 3pm tomorrow at Calliope's home ground, with the main game at 6.45pm