<big>Rugby league great Arthur Beetson immortalised through trophy for All Stars match</big>
By Chris Garry The Courier-Mail January 28, 2012 9:52AM
Arthur Beetson has already left huge footprints on rugby league, but the great man is now set to leave a lasting hand print on the annual All Stars match.
Beetson’s legacy will be forever linked to the event with the Indigenous and NRL All Stars teams now playing for the Arthur Beetson Trophy which features the Queensland legend’s hand print and signature.
Both sides head into camp this weekend in preparation for the match at Robina’s Skilled Park next Saturday.
Beetson’s son Brad officially unveiled the trophy on Friday and said his father would be humbled by the honour.
“Arthur loved the All Stars concept, he thought it was a great innovation that did a lot for the Indigenous population,” Brad said.
"There will be 40 of us family members in the crowd on the night and it will be a happy occasion, a celebration, which will be a nice change from the sad events that have been going on.
“It’s been a bit hard to really move on and grieve by myself because of all the media attention but I’m starting to come to grips with it now.”
Beetson died in early December, suffering a heart attack at age 66.
Indigenous All Stars team member and Gold Coast Titans player Greg Bird said naming the trophy after Beetson was a great way to mark his legacy.
“I don’t think having that trophy named after him will make us play harder but it will give the event more emotion,” Bird said.