THOSE pesky Queenslanders rubbed more salt in NSW wounds when they won last year’s Armidale Servies Legends of League.
The event is on again tomorrow night and Queensland playmaker Leo Dynevor reckons the Maroons can do it again with the likes of his old Newcastle teammate Robbie O’Davis on board.
Dynevor played in last year’s game, won by Queensland 38-28, and is back for another game at the Armidale Sportsground.
“I played last year and really enjoyed it,” Dynevor said.
“Jacko (Steve Jackson) got an injury so we made sure we rallied as a team and brought it home for him.
“But it was very enjoyable.”
The Queensland side will feature plenty of the same players this year, but O’Davis is one of the new additions.
He will add some spark to an already handy side.
Dynevor said the players must take the game seriously or risk suffering an injury, but most of all they have to show off their skills for the crowd.
“A lot of guys are still plying the same trade as they did in their careers,” Dynevor said.
“It’s the same trade, just a bit slower.
“When you’re out there you have to be mindful that you can’t go too lightly or someone can get injured.
“But at the end of the day it’s about entertaining the crowd.”
Joining Dynevor and O’Davis are Stuart Kelly, Craig Teevan, Jamie Goddard, John Plath, Scott Sattler, Rhys Wesser and a host of other stars of the past.
NSW will feature Scott Hill, Cliff Lyons, Aaron Raper, John Hopoate, David Peachey and Les Davidson, as well as local products like Dean Widders, Dennis Moran and Nathan Blacklock.
“Some of them have been training since then, not like me,” Dynevor said.
“There’s a nucleus of guys who go around.
“There’s a proposal for the Sunshine Coast and we’ve been to PNG to support their NRL bid.
“It’s the same nucleus of guys who go to them all and it’s a really good concept.
“Hopefully it will be happening for a while.”
The event is a fundraiser for the local hospital, which is where the early arriving players visited yesterday.
Today there is a bowls day at the Servies club and a dinner tonight, while players will also ride in the Autumn Festival parade tomorrow from 12.30pm.
It’s a massive day at the Sportsground too with games starting at 1.30pm.