NEWS Joe Ofahengaue and David Fifita join Suncorp Stadium’s Walk of Fame

McHunt

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Joe Ofahengaue and David Fifita
join Suncorp Stadium’s Walk of Fame



Chris Honnery,
The Courier-Mail
September 10, 2019 6:15pm



enforcers

Queensland enforcers Joe Ofahengaue and David Fifita are no walkovers when it comes to footy but they’ve now joined an illustrious group of Maroons legends along Suncorp Stadium’s Walk of Fame. The six Maroons debutants from this year’s Origin series have had their names and plaques added to the iconic footpath this week, outside the northern entrance of the hallowed rugby league field. Queensland’s 199th player Ofahengaue had his Broncos bash brother and Queenslander No.200 David Fifita with him to check out their incredible achievement.

Ofahengaue with his Suncorp Stadium ‘Walk of Fame’ plaque. Photo: Richard Walker/ AAP Image

Ofahengaue with his Suncorp Stadium ‘Walk of Fame’ plaque. Photo: Richard Walker/ AAP Image


childhood dreams

On June 5, just metres from their newly laid plaques, both players achieved their childhood dreams of representing Queensland when they ran on for the opening Origin clash earlier this year. Ofahengaue said to have his name forever ingrained in the footpath outside his home-ground was a special honour for his proud Tongan family heritage. “I’d like to see how proud my family will be to see my name forever here at Suncorp,” Ofahengaue said. “It’s amazing.

parents proud

“In life, as a kid, you obviously want to make your parents proud because they put so much work and time and effort into you. “For everyone else here with their name, they’d have the same feeling. “It’s going to be a good feeling if one day I have kids to come here to watch future Broncos games and for them to see my name there. Stuff like that makes you feel real good inside.”

Fifita with his Suncorp Stadium ‘Walk of Fame’ plaque. Photo: Richard Walker/ AAP Image

Fifita with his Suncorp Stadium ‘Walk of Fame’ plaque. Photo: Richard Walker/ AAP Image


legends

The debutant class of 2019 included the two Broncos, Moses Mbye, Corey Norman and Christian Welch. Ethan Lowe was also added to the list of legends and being the most recent Queensland representative became the 203rd bronze shield along the Walk of Fame. The plaques include the player’s name, representative number and their first year of service. Retired Queensland legends Darius Boyd, Jacob Lillyman, Sam Thaiday, Matt Scott, Greg Inglis, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith also had their plaques updated at the weekend to include the year of their Maroons retirement.

incredible feeling

Fifita said it was an incredible feeling to know kids like himself would be walking past his name and remembering his Origin performance. “Growing up as a young kid, you always walk over here to go into the stadium to watch footy,” Fifita said. “It’s pretty hectic now to look down and see my name there among the players, the legends of our game. “I’m really grateful for the opportunity and my name to be established on the ground of Suncorp Stadium.”

 
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Huge

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Had it happened to me I'd say the same thing. Your name on a plaque or on an honour roll. I was able to do a similar thing with my son and he was proud of his Dad (well, at least up to puberty ! Ha)
 

PerthBrissy987

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Article about Mal and his list has been torn a new one by PK
To throw David Fifita into it. We’ll get him from Palm Beach Currumbin, well he actually played for Keebra Park, a local junior.
 

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