LEAGUE STALWART: Peter Barrett. BRUCE THOMAS
LEAGUE STALWART: Peter Barrett. BRUCE THOMAS

League comes of age

AFTER many years of discussion, a chapter of the Men of League Foundation will finally be formed on the Coffs Coast.

Local rugby league legend Peter Barrett has arranged a meeting to form a committee and elect an executive.

He’s calling all league fans to assemble at Sawtell RSL from 7pm on Thursday, March 4.

“We’ve obtained the services of former international Noel ‘Ned’ Kelly who’ll explain what is involved and how Men of League benefits the community,” Barrett announced.

“Coming also are general manager Martin Cook and boss of the state committee, Jim Hall, the former Roosters prop and judiciary commissioner.”

Formed in 2002, the name ‘Men of League’ was coined by Narelle Hughes, wife of former Canterbury player Graeme Hughes, named after a calendar she had published for a number of years.

Discussions to form the organisation began with Jim Hall and Canterbury and Manly five-eighth Max Brown and gained momentum when legendary back-rower Ron Coote expressed his concerns for former players he had discovered who were doing it tough.

A meeting was convened and 140 players, officials and referees joined up to become the founding members.

The Men of League membership continues to grow thanks to the formation of local committees who conduct fundraising events and promote the Foundation.

Locally, committees are responsible for monitoring the welfare of the rugby league community in their local area.

For more information: contact Peter Barrett on 6656 8737 or 0414 227 068.



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