Ben excited about grudge match

The Gracemere rugby league club is proud of its tradition and culture, said the club’s junior development officer Ben Lorraway.

Consequently he is excited about the annual fundraiser the club is putting on later this month.

The centrepiece of the event, which is scheduled for Saturday January 23, is the “grudge” match between The Old Boys and the Young Guns.

“All past players are invited to play in that one,” Lorraway said.

The big match is scheduled for a 4pm kick off and will be fought out at the St Paul’s Primary School at Gracemere.

While the match takes the centre stage for sporting activities, there are other functions taking place and these will hopefully help raise money for the club.

Lorraway said the Gracemere club had been hoping to announce a massive coup by getting its star former player to attend.

“We were hoping Sammy Joe would be able to come,” Lorraway said.

Joe plays his football with premier NRL team the Melbourne Storm these days but has his roots in Gracemere.

He made his name as a young footballer at St Brendan’s.

While Joe is unable to make the event due to commitments with the Storm, he will be there in spirit.

“Sammy is making a video message,” Lorraway added.

That message will form a part of the evening entertainment when the celebrations go indoors at the Kabra Hotel.

It is at the Kabra that Lorraway is hoping the fundraising will begin in earnest.

At the pub there will be a number of auctions held but Lorraway said the main focus will be on socialising.

“We are hoping for a couple of hundred people,” he said.

With the club being established in 1996, there have been many people who have been a part of the club, either as players, coaches or committee members.

Two former committee members, now living in southern Queensland, who have signified their attendance are Lorraway’s parents Stephen and Julie.

For further information about the event or to nominate for the Old Boys team, please contact Ben Lorraway on 0407 333 050.



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