Corey Stoakes, Maurie Kelleher, Chantelle Essery, and Johanna Crow with Alfie.
Corey Stoakes, Maurie Kelleher, Chantelle Essery, and Johanna Crow with Alfie.

Kids have a ball showing legend Alfie their skills

MEMORABLE DAY: Ipswich Special School student Rhys Bramich presents league legend Allan Langer with a certificate.
MEMORABLE DAY: Ipswich Special School student Rhys Bramich presents league legend Allan Langer with a certificate. Contributed

IPSWICH Special School is on the attack and it's James to Chesterfield to Stoakes out to Kelleher and Essery, Crow chimes in and passes to Bramich - and here comes Alfie.

The school was a sea of maroon and gold when rugby league legend Allan "Alfie" Langer returned to Ipswich to pay a visit to the students.

They were abuzz with excitement to have such a well-known sports star taking the time to talk and play with them.

The Little General spoke to the students about the importance of good nutrition, exercise and listening to coaches and teachers, before posing for numerous photographs and signing every piece of memorabilia the students brought to school.

"It's great to see the excitement on their faces and watching them trying their best at activities," Alfie said.

Students participated in passing games with Alfie and some students also showed off their rugby league skills by catching a high ball kicked by Allan, who went to Blair State School and Ipswich State High.

Alfie was very impressed with all students but 12-year-old Will was a stand out when he caught numerous bombs put up by Alfie, the same kicks that wreaked havoc on opposition fullbacks in State of Origin and international matches.

School leader Tyler also impressed Alfie when he caught a cut out pass and threw the wrap around pass to Allan from his wheelchair.

"It was awesome to meet Alfie and pass him the ball," said Tyler, who was proudly dressed from head to toe in maroon.

Principal Bruce Grigg said: "Events like this are so important for our students. The joy on their faces when they are showing their skills to someone of Allan Langer's calibre is something the students will remember for a long time.

"Just knowing that people like Alfie care enough to visit them is huge for the students too. We have fantastic staff at Ipswich Special School who strive to get the most out of every student every day physically and academically and to have Alfie come out and reinforce the importance of trying your hardest to reach your goals inspires staff and students into the future," Mr Grigg said.

Allan Langer with Andrew James (left) and Cody Chesterfield.
Allan Langer with Andrew James (left) and Cody Chesterfield.