Queensland Homicide Victims Support Group general manager Ross Thompson, George Tuakura and Rod Spice are teaming up to raise money and awareness for the One Punch Can Kill campaign.
Queensland Homicide Victims Support Group general manager Ross Thompson, George Tuakura and Rod Spice are teaming up to raise money and awareness for the One Punch Can Kill campaign. Jake Jones

Big George eyes his first goal in charity match

BIG George Tuakura didn't kick a goal during last year's Capricornia Barbarians family day, so when the clash rolls around again this year he will be desperate to put his name on the list.

Playing for the EnerMech Curtis Islanders, Tuakura will be part of a team pieced together from workers on the projects.

Having had a run against the Barbarians last time around, Tuakura made sure to be on the team sheet again this year and has his full attention fixed on slotting one through the big sticks from the full-forward position.

"When they asked what position I wanted to play I said Tony Lockett," he said.

Having little experience outside of the game of Aussie rules other than knowing the former star forward, Tuakura wishes he played the game earlier.

He will have to settle with the time he has against the Barbarians, who clash with the Islanders on August 17.

Raising money for the One Punch Can Kill campaign on the day, the two teams will battle in a friendly match, with the result not a priority.

But bragging rights will be won, and after a loss last year the Islanders want to reverse the result.

"We had a dozen first-timers and this time we have the same," Barbarian Rod Spice said.

"It was pretty close last year. I think the Islanders came third out of three last year (in a tri-series with Townsville)."

For Tuakura, learning some more skills while all of the onlookers will have fun with jumping castles and face painting will be the way for him to finally kick a goal.

"We have the boys take us though our paces and they give us a look at how to kick like an AFL player," Tuakura said.