BEGA Roosters co-captain Ryan Apps says the Indigenous Dream Team v All Stars was the best representative rugby league he has ever played.
The Group 16 All Stars line-up reigned supreme on the day in a convincing 36-16 win.
The All Stars had opened up a strong 20-10 lead by half time, then doubled the difference in a second half thriller.
Apps said playing against team-mates who were selected for the Dream Team was a highlight of the match.
“It was good in a way – you play with your mates all the time and so it’s good clean footy,” Apps said.
“You put a good shot on them and then give them a pat on the back.”
The match was moved to Batemans Bay when Ack Weyman Oval, Moruya, was ruled too wet to play on.
“I don’t think it was too bad, we would have lost a few supporters, but all the boys turned up,” Apps said.
Two Bega Chicks in Joccoaa Rogers and Kezie Apps were selected for the representative team.
However, the northern league-tag team and its Bega Chicks players came off second best in the exhibition match.
Apps said the day was very successful and future rep games should be played early in the year with this format.
“It’s hard being a coach and playing mid-season,” Apps said.
“You worry a bit more about getting injured, but early in the year like this before the season starts you can put a bit more in to it.”
“We should keep doing things like that.”
Apps said there was no hesitation about playing with the club’s “rivals” as everyone just wanted to play a solid game of football.
“They’re all good blokes and they’re the best players the group’s got, most people play the same way so it’s just good football,” he said.
“The Cooma boys were great for an offload, you get up on their shoulder and they don’t hesitate to send it your way.”
Apps said no-one was out to play “individual” football, providing a strong team effort.
One of the wingers was safe to the try line, but offloaded to allow a team-mate to score showing the friendly nature of the match.
Apps said one of the best features of the match was everyone was eager to play, indicated by numbers at a pre-match training run.
“We were only missing two blokes at the training run.
“It’s good, we had so many there and they all wanted to be there.
“The rep footy I’ve played, we go away and we get flogged, it can be hard down here being away from that other footy,” he said.