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League legend pulls on
boots for Beerwah

by Cameron Outridge

Rugby league fans have the chance to see two former internationals in action for the Beerwah Bulldogs when they play Bribie Island at Beerwah on Saturday. The Bulldogs were boosted two weeks ago by the return to the playing field of 39-year-old Kangaroo centre Dale Shearer.  The Queensland State of Origin legend joins his captain/coach and former New Zealand international prop Grant Young. The two played together in the NRL with the South Queensland Crushers.

Shearer, who has been training with the Bulldogs for the past five weeks will play fiveeighth.  "He pulled up a bit lame last night after training but that was probably due to the cold weather more than aynthing, so he should be right,'' said Young. "He's always kept himself fit.  Even when he was injured, he used to keep fit.  He's a bit of a closet trainer I think."

Young said Shearer had lost few of the skills that made him such a formidable player during the 80s and 90s. "Dale had a full game for us against Maroochydore last week and he went pretty well, and he had half a game against Gympie which we won by about 40.  "He is a little slower but he's still got the touch.  He put some guys through holes last week and defended pretty well."

Young said Shearer approached him to play after last month's Beerwah-London Storm match.  "We played against London Storm for a bit of a training sesison and he was involved with them and so after that he came on board.  "He told me he got an itch to play footy again.  "He had been mucking around playing Aussie rules with a Coast club. He can turn his hand at anything, old Rowdy. He's pretty handy." Beerwah moved forward on the SCRL table after its 56-18 win over the Maroochydore Swans last Sunday.

They are equal second with the Warrigals, and while a win is not crucial to the Bulldogs' finals chances Young said it would help guarantee them two bites of the cherry at semi-finals time.  Beerwah's run home is Bribie, Caloundra and Kawana, and then a bye before the semis.  The Nambour Crushers are one point ahead of Beerwah on the table.

Games start Saturday afternoon with Under 19s at 4.30pm; Reserves at 6pm and Agrade at 7.30pm.  Games played at the Beerwah Sports Ground near Beerwah Swimming Pool.

From left; president Gavin Brody, A-grade captain/coach and former New Zealand prop Grant Young and the latest addition to the club, former Kangaroo Dale Shearer.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.