Today I continue my series of naming all time teams to take part in a fantasy tournament. This edition will focus on the South Queensland Crushers who were established in 1995 and only lasted three years in the league.
Despite their short history, the Crushers have some handy players and form a decent squad for only being three years in existence.
1.Clinton Schifcofske – 2x Queensland, fullback of the year
Made his debut for the Crushers, he starred in Crushers’ last gave ever scoring a try and kicking seven goals. He kicked over 84 per cent in two seasons. His goal kicking skills also allowed him a successful union career.
2.St. John Ellis-3x Great Britain
Goal kicking winger from England who was one of 16 kids in his family , also known as the Singe he joined the Crushers after a successful career in the UK.
The leading try scorer in Crushers history in only 39 games. He spent two years there and won two wooden spoons but it was not his fault. He was one of their most consistent players.
4.Chris McKenna – 2x Australia, 8x Queensland
He had better days at different teams but he performed well in his short stint, could play in forwards as well. He is the only player to play first grade to be of Guyana decent.
5.Filli Seru- 4x Fiji
One of the first players to hail from Fiji Seru was a solid contributor and arrived to the Crushers after playing for Fiji in rugby union World Cup.
6.Tony Kemp – 25x New Zealand
Quality versatile player who can play anywhere in the backs. Large frame and hard running style made him a difficult players to contain. Coached the Warriors and famously took the NZRL to court for them blocking his move to Newcastle.
7.Craig Teevan – 3x Queensland
The record holder for most caps for this franchise with 58. He could also play hooker he had offered a spark in attack. He played in Crushers’ and Chargers’ last ever games.
8.Mark Hohn- 1x Australia, 9x Queensland
Played his last year for the Crushers, Hohn he was a big signing for Crushers first year and he broke the record for oldest forward making debut for Australia at 30.
9.Mario Fenech 2x NSW
The Falcon and Footy Show laughing stock Fenech brought some star power to the Crushers. His size and aggressive play style assured him he was the centre of many on-field altercations.
His most famous achievement was playing for Chargers while getting hit in head with the ball unexpectedly, thus the Falcon was born.
Large prop who wide body shape made his hard to tackle was a threat close to the line. He was a cult hero who was even more damaging as a super sub off the bench.
11.Terry Cook- three x Queensland
A legend in Queensland, Cook was a as tough as $2 steak. His iconic moment was a try assist he set up for Adrian Lam in 1995 Origin series where Queensland upset NSW 3-0.
12.Trevor Gillmister – 22x Queensland, 3x Australia
The Axe as he was known. Regardless how big you were, he would cut you in half in a textbook tackle.
Scorer of the Crushers’ first ever try in history and he is by far best player to don the Crushers Jersey.
13.Travis Norton – 5x Queensland
Crafty player who can play at 6, Norton was very for the Crushers and was easily one of their better players.
He even could goal kick he scored seven tries in 33 games for the Crushers, which is not bad for a lock.
Phillip Lee, Mark Protheroe, Danny Nutley, Scott Sattler
A solid line up with the back row being the obvious strengths while the halves of Teevan and Kemp combine hard running with smarts.
Add in Mario Fenech and a young Schifcofske and this team could be competitive. Tookey and Nutley are two huge props who set nice foundations for any attacking raids. Will however this team Crush other all-time teams?