Willie Tonga during the International Legends of League game in Cherbourg in 2019 … Willie is one of the ex-NRL players who will be turning out for the Hornets All Stars on Saturday

July 7, 2023

Sports fans should make tracks for Cherbourg on Saturday to see some true rugby league greats in action at the International Legends of League spectacular.

Many all-time favourites have put up their hands for the Australian Legends and the Cherbourg Hornets All Stars (see team lists, below).

This is the third time the Legends have brought their package of family fun to Cherbourg.

If past games are any indication, everyone should have a great time – and there’s a good chance Broncos’ hero Selwyn Cobbo will also be dropping in to say g’day!

Many of the Legends were present for a special NAIDOC Holiday meet’n’greet and sausage sizzle at the Cherbourg Sports Complex on Friday afternoon.

But the Legends game is not the only footy action happening at Jack O’Chin Oval on Saturday.

At 10:00am, an A Grade women’s game – postponed from earlier in the year – will be played between Cherbourg and Wondai.

Two A Grade men’s games from the South Burnett competition are also scheduled: Cherbourg v Murgon at 11:30am; and Kingaroy v Wondai at 1:00pm.

The International Legends of League game is scheduled to kick off at 3:00pm.

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NRL and Hornets Legends dropped into the Cherbourg Sports Complex on Friday afternoon for a meet’n’greet with the local community (Photo: CASC)

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International Legends Of League teams (as advertised):

  • Australian Legends: Sam Thaiday, Cliff Lyons, Leo Dynevor, Greg Bird, Ben Hannant, Reggie Cressbrook, Milton Thaiday, Paul Carige, Scott Hill, John Hopoate, Stu Kelly, Peter Gill, Terry Matterson, Craig Teevan, Sam Perrett, Daniel Cobbo, Jim (Sellwood) Adcock and Chatur Zala.
  • Cherbourg Hornets All Stars: Daniel Henry, Sean Fisher, Shamus Cobbo, Willie Tonga, Charlie Bond, Ricky Bird, Bernard Hopkins, Keith Gadd, Jeffrey Dynevor, Sisi Tonga, Ronald Saltner, Ian Saltner, Justin Prior, Trevor Davidson, Kevin Saltner, Mark Saltner, Tom Langton, Gavin Duncan, Charlie Speedy, Derek Gadd, Lindsey Bligh, Cain Bond, Leighton Costello, Gene Barrett, Tyrone Murray, Mike Bird and Brendan Saltner.

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Last Week’s Results

At the mid-point of the first half, Murgon had made multiple attacking runs at the Kingaroy line but had failed to score; meanwhile the Red Ants had already chalked up three converted tries

Two A Grade South Burnett Rugby League games were played at Murgon Sportsground:

In the first game, the Kingaroy Red Ants – with a full contingent of their shared Thrashers’ players – overwhelmed Murgon who were playing before their home crowd.

Kingaroy notched up three unanswered tries in the first 18 minutes.

Fullback Harry Sterling’s boot was as reliable as ever, kicking seven goals.

  • Kingaroy 46 def. Murgon 20

Kingaroy try scorers were Aidan Cavanough (2), Toby Schmidt (2), Nikolao Petueli, Sata Tale, Semesa Madigicala and Jaspar Millar. Harry Sterling kicked seven conversions.

Murgon tries were scored by Maurice Fisher, Lennox Bligh, Stafford Sandow and Josiah Alberts. Lloyd Saltner and Preston Alberts each kicked a goal.

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Albert Dynevor began the second half with two quick tries for the Wolves

The second game was a tense tussle between Cherbourg and Wondai.

The teams were locked 18-all at half time and 30-all with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Nine minutes before full-time, Vincent Law broke the deadlock, scoring for the Hornets. David Hopkins successfully converted.

Wondai was on the attack almost immediately, but two strong pushes towards Cherbourg’s line both went astray.

They were on the attack again when the siren sounded.

The final score was 36-30.

  • Cherbourg 36 def. Wondai 30

Cherbourg try scorers were George Fisher (3), Patrick Alberts, Anthony Gray and Vincent Law. David Hopkins kicked six goals.

Wondai tries were scored by Albert Dynevor (2), Malachi Wallace, Jermaine Harrison and Leroy Holley. Torren Anderton kicked five goals.

George Fisher dives over the line to score the first of his three tries for the Hornets

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This Week’s Games

At Cherbourg:

  • 10:00am – Women’s A Grade – Cherbourg v Wondai
  • 11:30am – Men’s A Grade – Cherbourg v Murgon
  • 1:00pm – Men’s A Grade – Kingaroy v Wondai
  • 3:00pm – International Legends of League – Australian Legends v Cherbourg All Stars

At Chinchilla

  • U14s – Kingaroy v Chinchilla

At Bundaberg:

  • U18s – South Burnett Eagles v Wests Panthers



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