B'water stars go head-to-head
IF ever any proof was needed that the Central Highlands really is rugby league’s heartland, next weekend’s All Stars game will provide it.
The Highlands will be represented by not one but two of its home-grown stars; PJ Marsh and Dave Taylor.
The Blackwater pair will be pitted against each other in the ultimate rugby league clash.
After two months of public voting, and to signal what will be an historic start to the 2010 rugby league season, the Indigenous All Stars will take on the NRL All Stars next Saturday.
Marsh told the Central Queensland News he was nervous about running on for the Indigenous All Stars team.
“I am looking forward to it, I can’t wait but I am also nervous as well,” Marsh said yesterday.
“It’s a pretty big game, the first of its kind so that’s why I’m nervous.”
Maybe it’s the fact that Marsh will be pitted against another Blackwater product in Taylor.
“Yes, that will be interesting,” Marsh conceded.
“But I sure hope he hasn’t got any bigger.
“When I last saw him he was already big enough,” Marsh added with a laugh.
Taylor is looking forward to the game as well.
“It’s a great honour and I’m really excited about it and thankful I will get the opportunity to play,” he said.
“I was lucky enough that my supporters picked me to be in the team and I am grateful for their support.”
The Indigenous All Stars will go into camp this Sunday.
This will be the first time the boys will get the chance to bond but Marsh is upbeat they will all get along.
“I am looking forward to going into camp,” he said.
“I played a lot of touch football with Scotty Prince and a few of the other boys in my younger days so it’ll be interesting.”
The All Stars game at Skilled Park will mark the second anniversary of Australia’s apology to the Stolen Generation.