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Theodore stalwart hangs up the boots

LAST CHARGE: Drovers paer Kirk Anderson in action for his beloved club has decided to call it quits after almost a decade of pulling on the boots.
LAST CHARGE: Drovers paer Kirk Anderson in action for his beloved club has decided to call it quits after almost a decade of pulling on the boots.

WHY did Kirk Anderson pull on a Dawson Valley Drovers jersey for eight years?

“It's a good reason to get out of work on Sundays,” the Theodore man joked.

The 30-year-old inside centre, who works on his family's cotton farm, played his last game in the Drovers' hard-fought loss to premiership leaders Colts in Moura last weekend.

“The body can't handle it any more - I'm getting sorer and sorer after every game,” Anderson said.

The retiring Drovers stalwart said he felt it was a good time to bow out, with a host of young players coming through the club's ranks.

Anderson was the last man standing in the Drovers original A-grade backline that was decimated by injury during an ardous Central Queensland Rugby Union (CQRU) competition.

“We're not going to win premierships with old guys.

“There are good young players coming through - in two years we will be a force to be reckoned with,” Anderson predicted.

Anderson, who started playing rugby when he attended Toowoomba Grammar, joined the Drovers in 2001 after returning to Theodore from working as a cotton farm hand in Burke.

He said he laced up the boots to re-acquaint himself with all the Theodore mates he had lost touch with while schooling and work took him away.

Anderson said when he first started playing, Drovers won several premierships, with the classy centre grabbing a piece of history for himself when he scored in one of the grand final triumphs.

“It was all right then (winning early years) but has been downhill since,” he joked.


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