RUGBY LEAGUE: Two Stanthorpe boys will lead the charge as part of a Toowoomba Rugby League All Stars clash.
Dale Perkins and Michael Pearson are part of a large squad for the the game to be held in conjunction with a pre-season NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast Titans on February 17 at Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba.
Both now pull on the green and gold for Wattles in the TRL, but got their start in Stanthorpe's junior footy ranks.
"It's very humbling to be considered,” Perkins said.
Despite turning out for Wattles for the past two years and Gatton for four years before that, Dale still resides in Ballandean and works on the family farm at Kurrabar Orchard.
"I travel to Clifton for training and Toowoomba for the representative training. It's a big commitment, but I feel with the level of footy you can play down there it's good.”
Perkins' side will take on an Indigenous All Stars team in the encounter.
His finals form was good enough to earn him a call up.
"I actually got injured last year and had to have two lots of surgery through the middle of the year.
"I made it back for the finals and got player of the match for one of the finals,” he said.
"Michael (Pearson) had a very good year last year too. It's good to have that (Stanthorpe) connection.”
With a full house expected, Perkins is not getting too nervous.
"Just another game. Once you cross that white line nothing really matters... you just do your job.”
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