Men Of League's Peter Barrett with Bruce Grant and Marty Phillips.
Men Of League's Peter Barrett with Bruce Grant and Marty Phillips.

MOL to entertain at Bowraville

NORTH Coast Men Of League will entertain a huge contingent from the rugby league and racing fraternities at tomorrow’s Bowraville race meeting.

A celebrity breakfast has attracted the patronage of sporting legends Arthur Beetson and Mark Ella. Following their meal, guests will stay on for the day’s racing action.

The first race will start at 1.45pm.

The added interest in the special day has helped Nambucca River Jockey Club attract outstanding fields outside of the feature Cup meeting.

Funds raised will help Men Of League continue welfare activities, including visits to league identities suffering illness.

Men Of League president Peter Barrett said one of the recent visits was made to former champion halfback Bruce Grant.

“Bruce wasn’t just a very good player but he is widely known in the business community,” Barrett said.

“He had menswear shops in Coffs Harbour and Bellingen until his retirement.

“He spent many years as chairman of Coffs League Club and was one of those behind building the facilities at Advocate Park.

“In company with Marty, from the Coffs Hotel, I went around to see him and he sends regards to many friends in rugby league.

“A growing part of our work is keeping in contact with everybody in the league community and making sure they know they are appreciated.”

Originally from Bowraville, Grant played in four first grade grand finals and won three of them with the famous Banana Benders, forerunner to the Comets.

A natural all-round athlete, Grant also carried the Olympic Torch on one of its passages through the Coffs Coast.



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