Back to Bowra for race day

Artie Beetson will be a special guest at the Men of League barbecue.
Artie Beetson will be a special guest at the Men of League barbecue. Bruce Thomas

MEN Of League members in the Nambucca Valley are counting down the days to the celebrity race day at Bowraville on April 16.

Local identity Greg Doolan has a foot in both the rugby league and racing camps and said invitations have been going out to home-grown footballers who forged reputations to come back to Bowra for a social, sporting reunion.

Past coaches and players from Nambucca Roosters, Macksville Sea Eagles and Bowraville Tigers are being encouraged to add to the gala occasion.

“Once you start to think about it we’ve had many blokes go on to make a mark ... in fact, so many it’s been hard to keep track of them all,” Doolan said.

“So if anybody has contacts with family members who’ve played footy or whatever, let them know the race day is on and help us make it a big one.”

League immortal Arthur Beetson will be special guest and he’ll be accompanied by rugby legend Mark Ella.

The day will start with a gourmet barbecue brunch and the Men will be entertained by Footy Show comedian Imaan (Hadchiti).

Tickets are available from Nambucca River Jockey Club and Men Of League members, Golden Sands Tavern, Nambucca and Bowraville Hotels and by calling Peter Barrett on 6656 8737.

Buses will run south from the Pier Hotel and Sawtell RSL on the day.