Noel “Ned” Kelly and Phil Jeffrey have had a ball during the North Coast Men of League Foundation’s inaugural year.
Noel “Ned” Kelly and Phil Jeffrey have had a ball during the North Coast Men of League Foundation’s inaugural year.

North Coast in a league of its own

LESS than one year since its inception the North Coast chapter of Men of League has had the most successful launch in the foundation’s short history.

In a Christmas message to members, president Peter Barrett thanked the community for the massive support received in the organisation’s initial season of operations.

“After starting in April we have added 130 new members and raised $32,500, which is a great achievement and something everybody should be proud of,” he said.

A highlight was the gathering at Coffs Harbour racecourse on November 19, which, despite the washout of the race meeting, attracted more than 500 guests.

The function also served as a surprise 70th birthday party for member Eric Hughes, which attracted a visiting contingent of former North Sydney Bears and Cronulla Sharks teammates for the occasion.

Original plans were to centralise racing activities on one meeting annually but the massive influx of members around Macksville and Nambucca Heads has prompted the sub-committees in those towns to organise a second race date.

This will be held at Bowraville on April 16.



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