Chris Sheppard has called it a day!


With all the politics in the news last week we missed the announcement by Northern Pride’s Chris Sheppard (who is a Mt Sheridan resident) that he will retire at the end of the 2010 season.

This brings to a close a playing career which all began for the Mareeba Gladiators as a 4 year old many years ago and has led him all the way to the NRL and helping to get the Pride off the ground both as a player and administrator.

Chris Sheppard

Sheppard has captained the Pride in each of its three years in the Queensland Cup and has decided to call it a day for a number of reasons. Sheppard said “my body has had enough, I have business commitments which are continually increasing and to spend more time with my young family.”

He added “I am certainly proud of what I have achieved as a player and the opportunities I’ve had to meet the people I’ve met, play with the players I’ve played

with and do what I love to do for a living for all of my working life to date.” “One door closes and another one opens and I look forward to the opportunities ahead to –on the field– building the Pride to become the envy of the Queensland Cup and hopefully one day have our own team in the NRL and– off the field– to building a community programme which becomes the leader for all of Rugby League to follow.”

Chairman of the Northern Pride Bob Fowler said “Chris has been an inspirational leader for our team and a tireless worker as our Operations Manager.”

“We will certainly miss him as a player but look forward to his on-field contribution for the rest of this season and then his continued enthusiasm and work ethic in the management of our football and community support programmes”. “Hopefully we will have a large crowd of supporters to farewell Chris in his last home game, a must win game, at Barlow Park this Saturday night against Norths”. The Pride take on the 2nd placed Norths Devils this Saturday night 21st August at Barlow Park from 7pm. The Pride are looking to make it ‘eight in a row’ and secure a semi-final position for 2010.

Sheppard’s playing resume reads as follows:

Career – 273 games (1998-2010)

  • 56 tries, 52 goals, 14 field goals. 342 total points

NRL – 65 games

  • North Queensland Cowboys (1999- June 2005, 2008) 61 games – 5 tries, 2 field goals (22)
  • St George Illawarra Dragons (July 2005-2006) – 4 games – (0)

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