Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Icons Doing Ipswich Proud; Dazzling Star Power, Passion in This Dream Squad

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Icons Doing Ipswich Proud; Dazzling Star Power, Passion in This Dream Squad

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IPSWICH rugby league warrior Pat O'Doherty is doing a superb job recruiting talent for next month's flood charity football match.

O'Doherty and his helpers have secured many greats of rugby league for the March 5 fundraiser at North Ipswich Reserve.

It makes you proud to be a loyal Ipswich person when such initiatives are taken.

However, imagine what sort of impressive team the Ipswich region could assemble if all sports nominated locally-bred achievers.

While successful cricketers Andy Bichel and Dick Tazelaar are involved on March 5, the game features mainly rugby league stars (see story page 4).

So I've decided to select a more diverse Ipswich regional C[pounds sterling]dream squadC[yen] that would rattle any opponents should such a hypothetical game become possible.

Let's start with the coach.

While there's no doubting we have some fine Ipswich coaches around the place, I'd select master tactician Barry Dancer to guide my dream line-up.

His international success in hockey puts Dancer up with just about any coach in any Australian sport.

While hockey was his forte, the former Ipswich Grammar School maths teacher could guide any elite team on a given day or night.

Helping Dancer mentor the squad would be Ipswich Citizen of the Year and accomplished athletics coach Vic Pascoe.

Apart from being well-versed in the finer points of sport, Pascoe could provide some excellent pre-game conditioning.

Managing the side would have to be Ipswich Turf Club general manager and sports fanatic Brett Kitching.

The former State League footballer is one of the city's most knowledgeable people who would serve a representative team with pride and precision. His seemingly photographic memory would also come in handy analysing the opposition before the game.

With those vital positions sorted, let's get our automatic rugby league inclusions in place.

Former internationals Kerrod and Steve Walters could share the hooking role with Allan C[pounds sterling]AlfieC[yen] Langer at halfback and Kevin Walters at five-eighth.

Our Ipswich unit is already looking red hot and dangerous.

Now let's get some other sporting supremos to represent our great city for the match. …

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