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Australian sporting royalty to grace MOPS launch

The Mareeba Turf Club will play host to the offi cial launch of MOPS. The night will see Australian sporting royalty attend and people of all ages are encouraged to attend.

THE Mareeba Old Players and= Supporters (MOPS) Club are inviting all members of the community to come along to their Legends of League night on Friday, October 18 at the Mareeba Turf Club.

The event will consist of special guests Royce Simmons, Paul Sironen, Martin Bella and Wally Fullerton-Smith – with the four former rugby league legends boasting 57 State of Origin appearances between them. Australian cricket legend Doug Walters will also be attending on the night.

Not only will the public have the opportunity to hear from and mingle with Australian sporting royalty, they will also be provided the chance to give to a worthy cause, as the night will also act as a fundraiser for MOPS, the Black Dog Institute and breast cancer awareness.

It will also be the official launch of MOPS, which is a new organisation that aims to bring people together in the region who have a love and enthusiasm for rugby league. MOPS President Rob Miller said the event will be a great social outing for people of all ages.

“Men, women and children are all welcome,” he said.

“As this is a launch of MOPS, we’re hoping to increase the profile of the club and show everyone what we’re about.

“We are looking to not only support rugby league in Mareeba, but also provide much needed help to other organisations within the community, and I think that’s evidence by our fundraising efforts for the Black Dog Institute and breast cancer.”

Miller said MOPS will provide rugby league enthusiasts, particularly the older generation, the opportunity to socialise and be involved in an organisation that is very community minded.

“There are plenty of people who were involved in rugby league in Mareeba in some capacity in the past and have lost that connection, which is what we want to bring back,” he said.

Miller said the interest for the Legends of League night has been strong thus far.

“The word is starting to get around town and I would like to thank Eddie Toffanello and the Dimbulah Lions Club for their support,” he said.

“It’s through their connections that we’ve been able to kick-start MOPS and get the explayers up for this event.

“Eddie is a member of MOPS and his experience in running similar events with Lions has really helped when organising this night.”

With 24 members of the Penrith Past Players Association also attending, it is shaping up to be a wonderful community event.

For those interested in attending, the event will run from 6pm – late.

There will be raffles and auctions of memorabilia available on the night. There is no entry fee; however $30 will get you a ticket in the lucky door prize and a burger.

There will also be a bar operating. Tickets are available at Aquafix on 71 Byrnes Street as well as on the door.

For more information, contact MOPS at mareebaoldplayers@gmail.com

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