Replay of legendary grand final
FORMER St George front-rower Tony Priddle is behind a push to have the great Brisbane Broncos and St George teams of 1993 stage a replay of their NRL grand final on the Sunshine Coast.
Next year would mark the 20th anniversary of the clash, which the Broncos won 14-6 before famously spending the night singing "St George can't play".
Priddle, who now lives and works on a horse property at Maleny, played for the Men Of League All-Stars in their 48-10 win against Caloundra at Shark Park on Saturday.
He is one of a small group of people behind the All-Stars concept, which has become an annual event on the Coast.
He said organisers were working toward expanding the program to include a 1993 grand final rematch next year.
"It could be a very good possibility," he said.
"We want to keep growing the event and a 20th anniversary game is something that would create a lot of interest."
Priddle, who managed only 30 minutes on Saturday because of his worn-out knees, said he had already spoken to people at St George about the game, and had received a positive response.
Former Noosa Pirates coach and Men Of League All-Stars teammate Noel Goldthorpe was also a member of the 1993 St George team.
"Noel played for St George in a charity match similar to the one on Saturday in Sydney recently.
"He said players from 1993 like David Barnhill, Scott Gourley and Graeme Bradley had also pulled the boots on and he seemed to think a game against the old Broncos could be a chance," Priddle said yesterday.
"We've got to talk to the Broncos yet. They're very protective of their brand."
Former Caloundra A-grade coach and MOL All-stars organiser Nick Patterson confirmed the idea was on the table and said he believed it could draw 5000 fans to the Sunshine Coast Stadium.
"We've only had minor discussions with people at the clubs so far, but they've been positive," Patterson said.
He also said the MOL All-Stars versus Caloundra match would go ahead again next year regardless of whether the Broncos v St George 1993 rematch happened.
"The concept was built on Caloundra's involvement and they'll stay involved," he said.
Patterson praised the efforts of all the people at the club who had made the ground playable on Saturday, after parts of it were under water just hours before kick-off.