Peter Barrett, Bill Nichol and Marty Phillips in training for the Men of League bowls day.
Peter Barrett, Bill Nichol and Marty Phillips in training for the Men of League bowls day. Bruce Thomas

In league with Big Artie

RUGBY league ‘Immortal' Arthur Beetson has thrown his weight and influence – both of considerable size – behind the Mid North Coast chapter of Men of League.

‘Big Artie' will be guest of honour at the Nambucca River Jockey Club meeting at Bowraville on April 16 and with the Nambucca Roosters, Macksville Sea Eagles and Bowraville Tigers claiming such a large chunk of the local body's membership, president Peter Barrett expects a huge turnout.

“That area is one of our best and most of the blokes love the races just as much as they love their footy,” he said.

“A bus has been booked from Coffs Harbour and Sawtell but I'm hoping we get enough bookings to order another one from Woolgoolga.

“The cost, including lunch, entry and travel is $45 per head, and as tickets are pre-sold, those attending should get in early.

“Contact me or any committee member.”

The recent bowls day at Club Coffs raised more than $1000 with Geoff King Motors' co-director Bill Nicol tossing in a $500 donation.

While preferring to stick with lawn bowls or golf these days, Nicol was a handy prop forward with current Group 2 premiers Port Sharks during the 1970s.

“Now the bank balance is getting healthier, we are going to step up our welfare work another level,” Barrett said.

“If you hear of any older rugby league people who are in ill health, who may be doing it tough and could do with a visit to cheer them up, call me at Bellbowrie Motors and we'll see what can be organised.”



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