One of Mount Isa’s favourite rugby league sons will return to his home city with some other legends of the game next month.
Scott Prince will join former greats like Matt Bowen, John Hopoate and Willie Tonga in the International Legends of League charity match at Alec Inch Oval on May 18.
Adding to the local flavour, Prince will play for a star-studded Mount Isa Allstars team which will be coached by former Foley Shield stars Frank and Vern Daisy.
Prince and his teammates, including MP Robbie Katter and councillor Mick Tully, will take on an Australian Legends team featuring Bowen, Hopoate, Tonga, Kerry Boustead, Terry Matterson, Nathan Blacklock and Kevin Campion.
Match organiser Craig Teevan said Prince was delighted at the opportunity to play in the city where he first pulled on a pair of footy boots.
“He has been into me a fair bit over the past 18 months about having this game in Mount Isa,” Teevan said.
“Every time we would get together for an event he would be saying to me, ‘so are we going to do the next one in Mount Isa?’.
“I know he is excited about this because he never got the chance to play Foley Shield for Mount Isa and he now gets an opportunity to play with a few players he watched when he was growing up.”
Teevan is also thrilled that the Daisy brothers have agreed to coach the Mount Isa team.
“They are absolute legends of the game in the Mount Isa region,” Teevan said.
“We put some photos up on our Facebook page of the launch in Mount Isa recently and the photo of Frank and Vern together probably received the most likes of any that we have put up for any of the games we have done.
“They are a big part of the community up there.”
Teevan said the wonderful thing about events like the International Legends of League match was how former players embraced what they meant to the local community.
“We definitely don’t have to do much arm twisting to get players involved,” he said.
“We’ve got a core group of ex-players who really get involved and mix in with the community really well.”
The big day of rugby league on May 18 will also include junior and women’s matches and all proceeds from food and beverage sales go back to the community.