by Peter Gardiner
THEY should be old enough to know better, but Noosa Pirates All Stars like Anthony Zipf can't resist the idea of lacing up the boots one more time with their premiership band of rugby brothers to tackle and Australian side led by the likes of legends Scott Prince and Petero Civoniceva.
Zipf who debuted for the Pirates back in 2005 played this past season to help out the club and the try-scoring fullback is keen to be a part of the February 3 International Legends of League showdown at Pirate park.
Australia versus the Pirates All Stars is the main game of day-long league action at Tewantin's Pirate Park and Zipf - a three-times premiership winner (the three-peat special with titles wins 2006, 2007 and 2008) at Noosa will have his hands full with the likes of Chris Walker and his old Pirates captain-coach Noel Goldthorpe running at him.
When asked about his motivation for the game, Zipf said he just loves the club.
Also playing alongside Zipf will be Dale Gilbert who started in under-8s for the Pirates and ended his senior career in 2009.
This back line utility said his favourite Pirate player was the tough-as-nails Russ Britten who is also in the team.
Gilbert, who now lives in Darwin, said Noosa was a special club where he has made lifelong friends and it will be a privilege to turn out for Noosa against the talented Australians.
He said he "can't wait to get back and play with the boys” and it "means a lot to play this game against greats players”.
Another Pirate keen to test his skills against some of the biggest names in the game is fellow premiership player in second rower Angus Stewart.
Stewart rates his favourite song of all time as the club victory chant: "We'll beat them on the field of play we'll beat them in the bar, the Noosa boys have won again so hip hooray hurrah”.
Now based in Townsville, the pool builder will gladly bleed for the Noosa All Stars if needed.
"I love the Pirates, so to come back and be able to have a run on Pirate Park once a year keeps an old, slow, fat guy very happy.”
Ditto for Brendan "Jukebox” Williams, the former five-eighth who rates his best memories as winning premierships with his Pirates mates.
The policeman will make the trip from Geelong in Victoria.
"It's always an honour to pull on the blue and yellow jersey.”
He said it will be great to catch up with this premium of premiership sides.
The International Legends of League kicks off from 11am with games all day until the 7.30pm kick-off of the big one.
Tickets (family passes are just $20) can be purchased at Tewantin and Cooroy Bendigo Bank branches.