Andrew Pacey's memory hits field
THE Andrew Pacey Memorial Shield first started when Townsville and Mackay Brothers rugby union teams played a memorial game in honour of Andrew Pacey who had played for both clubs before being tragically killed in an accident.
Since then Brothers rugby teams from Rockhampton, Cairns, Brisbane and Perth have joined them in an event that goes beyond the game of rugby union.
Rockhampton Brothers Rugby Union president and A Grade coach Adrian Price speaks highly of the event which started in Townsville in 1993.
"It really is a good competition for Brothers players to re- member past team mates who have either retired or passed away,'' Price said.
"It's also a great chance for local players to gain good con- nections and meet people outside their district.
"In the end, it comes down to the sense of mateship experi- enced ? and as some might call it ? a real bonding session.'' Who was Andrew Pacey?
Andrew was a young policeman who was tragically killed in Mackay while still in his early 20s in 1992. Unfortunately Andrew's football career and his life were cut short by a motor vehicle accident.
The Townsville and Cairns Brothers clubs have for many years prior had a close association and one team would travel to the other city for weekend football matches.
Becoming aware of this the Mackay club contacted the Townsville club and suggested they join in a competition and that an annual trophy be struck in honour of Andrew Pacey.
The games were played at Ignatius Park College where An- drew went to school and which is the home of Brothers Townsville.
The "Fish Fest'' as it had been nicknamed, soon grew into a six-city competition.
Game Day ? Today, February 18.
Today's games are at Victoria Park, Lion Creek Road, next to the Brothers Leagues Club.
The presidents meeting is at 9am and first game at 10am. Drinks will be on sale at the Carlton MID Can Bar and bur- gers will be on sale at the barbecuestand from 10am. Southcorp Ladies Marquee
The ladies marquee will start at 11.30am. Tickets will be $30 per head and will include wine and nibbles.
For details and to purchase tickets please call Erin Donaldson 0419? 812? 890.
Carlton MID Presentation Dinner
The dinner will be held at the Brothers Leagues Club with a 7.30pm start. Dress code is strictly shirt and tie.
The price will be $30 per head which will include a three course buffet dinner, beer, wine and soft drink.
Buses will leave the Brothers League Club at midnight for the Stadium Night Club who have given free entry to everyone ar- riving on the bus.
Sunday Brunch starts at 10am with a barbecue breakfast and a keg of beer supplied.