Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Peachey Surprised to Be Part of Such Great Aussie Players; Ex-Cronullaspeedster Incatch-Up Role

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Peachey Surprised to Be Part of Such Great Aussie Players; Ex-Cronullaspeedster Incatch-Up Role

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See the stars

Footy fans have a chance to meet the league legends today before they play tonight.

The legends will be available for an autograph session at Riverlink Shopping Centre from 11am.

Tickets to the game are still available at the North Ipswich Reserve gate.

BEN

WILMOTT

ben.wilmott@qt.com.au

WITH more than 250 games playing for the Cronulla Sharks and South Sydney Rabbitohs, David Peachey has a wealth of experience to call upon for tonight's Legends of League grudge match.

Lining up alongside former State of Origin greats like John Hopoate, Nathan Blacklock and Rod Silva, the former fullback is still in awe of his 'legendary' teammates.

"Sometimes I have to pinch myself when you hear the names going around," he said. "And when you're talking Ipswich you've had some fantastic legends and footballers come out of here as well.

"For myself this was where I played my first Legends of League game, which was a while ago now.

"It's nice that they are able to put this on and a chance to catch up with a few of the boys I haven't seen for awhile.

"It's always going to be one of those events where you'll be able to keep producing new faces because blokes can't play forever. That's why you see such a good range of diversity from where blokes have been, where they come from and where they are at the moment."

While for many rugby league fans the Legends of League is a rare experience to rub shoulders with some well known faces, for Peachey the experience can be a therapeutic one for the players themselves.

The transition from professional is not always easy for some, which is why the (now bearded) boy from Dubbo was happy to put his hand up when he got the chance.

"Sometimes guys can be doing it tough after football so it's good to get them around each other and hopefully that can help some get back on track which is a great thing," he said. …

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