TOUGH ENCOUNTER EXPECTED: The Maroochydore Swans and Nambour Toads will clash at Woombye tomorrow.
TOUGH ENCOUNTER EXPECTED: The Maroochydore Swans and Nambour Toads will clash at Woombye tomorrow. Brett Wortman

Toads to honour former player who died at Gallipoli

RUGBY UNION: With former Toads player Private Robert "Bobby" Aird having died on the battlefield of Gallipoli 100 years ago tomorrow, it is fitting his old club will honour him before they take the field against old foe Maroochydore.

Aird died on May 2, 1915, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Turkey.

His memory will be saluted during the Nambour Rugby Union Club's Robert Aird Day tomorrow at its Woombye home ground, where the Toads and Maroochydore will play for the Charity Cup.

In the 1910s, the Sunshine Coast rugby competition played for the Charity Cup, which raised money for the local hospital.

It is an initiative that has been reintroduced and is likely to continue long into the future.

Aird played in the Toads' premiership-winning sides of 1912 and 1913 before he enlisted for the First World War to fight for King and country.

He never returned.

Toads president Don Parry said. "I have to thank Tom Wood (Maroochydore Swans president) for digging up the history on this, otherwise we wouldn't have known.

"In the last couple of days I have been contacted by some of Aird's relatives who will hopefully be at the game, which is wonderful."

The Toads will wear a one-off commemorative jersey replicating Nambour's 1913 strip.

Two former Toads who served in the Australian Army will be on horseback in Australian Lighthorse uniform and the Last Post is to be played before kick-Off.

"There will be a lot of emotion before the game," Toads coach Paul Green said.

"That usually settles down early and we are expecting a tough match from Maroochydore.

"Them and Noosa have probably been the two best teams of the competition, so it will be a good test, but we are confident."

The third-placed Toads are coming off a 38-6 round four loss to the Dolphins.

Second-placed Maroochydore fell 43-15 to Noosa last weekend. The festivities commence at Woombye at 2.30pm tomorrow.

 IN THE other match, unbeaten ladder-leader Noosa will host last-placed Caloundra at Sunshine Beach.

GAME DAY

THE TOADS v MAROOCHYDORE

Tomorrow, Woombye, 3.15pm



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