LEGEND IS BACK: Petero Civoniceva was in Emerald two years ago and will return on May 18 for the Peak Downs Pirates Big Day Out where he’ll pass on some footy tips and tricks to local youngsters.
LEGEND IS BACK: Petero Civoniceva was in Emerald two years ago and will return on May 18 for the Peak Downs Pirates Big Day Out where he’ll pass on some footy tips and tricks to local youngsters. Simon Green Emeoriginvisit

League legend Civoniceva returns to Central Highlands

RUGBY League veteran Petero Civoniceva will return to the Highlands as the guest of honour at the Peak Downs Pirates Big Day Out.

"For the club, this day is promoting rugby league and is a first-off for our small community," a spokeswoman said.

"To give this opportunity to the kids is just amazing."

Civoniceva last came to the Highlands as part of the Queensland State of Origin visit to Emerald in 2011, and will return to Tieri May 18.

"We are very hopeful that we may have one or two extra stars coming out, however this hasn't been confirmed but our fingers are tightly crossed," she said.

"This would just make the day even more memorable for the kids."

The junior and senior clubs have organised a full day of football, kicking off at 10am against Dysart in the junior divisions.

Youngsters have the chance to learn a few tricks from Civoniceva when he takes on a skills clinic from 2pm and the first 200 kids will each receive a junior football.

"One of our sponsors has organised Petero to get the kids of the Central Highlands more involved in league and to show them tips that they may not have had the opportunity to learn before," the spokeswoman said.

"This is also a fun activity and to meet such a well known and respected part of NRL.

"We are hoping the kids can also perfect their skills from the clinic, as well as, of course, a fun memory and lots of photos."

Civoniceva will take the seat of honour for the under-16 Pirates game at 3.30pm and again at 5pm, when the A-grade seniors take to the field against Blackwater.


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