Local players ready for carnival
WHILE THE local Aussie Rules season has finished, for a group of Central Queensland men, the season is about to start.
You see, for BITS Saints stalwarts Damon Stebbings and Darren 'Dash' Boase, the AFL Masters Carnival will be their first of such type that they will compete in while Glenmore Bulls' Darren 'DJ' Lawson will play in his eighth carnival.
The AFL Masters Carnival will be held on the Gold Coast and is an annual seven-day pilgrimmige of Aussie Rules games in a state versus state format which starts on October 2.
"I played in a smaller tournament up in Townsville, but this will actually be my first AFL Masters Carnival,” Stebbings, who recently played his 350th game for BITS, said.
"Darren 'DJ' Lawson and Darren (Boase) wanted me to play and what's good about it is that there is a bit of a break between the end of the regular season and the AFL Masters Carnival.”
The man his team-mates call 'Dash' is a Victorian who moved to Gladstone in 1982 and has played all of his junior and senior football at BITS and he said the Gold Coast adventure has been a long time coming.
"I have played with the Capricornia Barbarians, but have been trying for the last five years and this is the first time that I can finally play in one,” Boase said.
Boase's most recent game was in the preliminary final loss against Gladstone Mudcrabs 17 days ago.
"I had just finished eating a steak burger, muesli bar and a bottle of water when I got the call up,” he said.