Best of the best recognised
RUGBY LEAGUE: Saturday's centenary celebration couldn't have gone more to script, according to Stanthorpe Rugby League chief Lindsay Adams.
Players of yesteryear mingled with the current crop on a day to remember for the proud club.
Not only were there positive results on the field but Saturday evening's Civic Centre soiree capped off 100years in style.
More than 300 people packed out the facility in a night of laughs, reflection, emotion and pride.
The highlight of the weekend had to be the naming of Stanthorpe Rugby League's Team of the Century.
Some heavyweights of the game were named alongside some lesser knowns, in a side that demonstrated the bevy of talent that had donned the Stanthorpe jersey for a century.
"The whole day and night was awesome, to be truthful,” SRL president Lindsay Adams said.
"Most importantly, everyone that came back for the day and night had a really good time and nothing but good reports.
"We had 330-odd at the Civic Centre and obviously a few of them came back early to attend so we had a really good crowd up at footy.
"There was three different reunions that went on that day as well from past premierships.”
The only blip on the day was in the Toowoomba Rugby League second- division premiership tie between the Gremlins and Toowoomba Valleys.
"Valleys were only able to get nine-10 players up for the game,” Mr Adams said.
"But they could have easily forfeited and we could have ended up with no game.
"Our guys were pretty gutted. I actually received an email from the president and he's pretty embarrassed.”
The tie unsurprisingly proved to be an easy win for the home side (more in Thursday's paper).
Later in the evening, club life members were presented with new badges, while Tony Coonan was inducted as a new life member to Stanthorpe Rugby League.
Mr Adams said it was a pleasure to be in the company of some of the former players named in the team of the century.
"Even to meet some of those guys like Bobby Cook and Brian Fuller, Bob Green - we've been talking about some of these guys for six months so to finally meet them and to hear more of their stories we could have talked for days,” he said.
"We basically whittled 100 players down to 17. There were some very good players that didn't make that team.
"Michael Hancock actually got pretty emotional.”
Hancock was named in the TRL 100-year team as well but it was the Stanthorpe one that mattered to him more.
"He said that night that 'yeah, this is a great honour but I'm really keen to get back to do the Stanthorpe Gremlins one',” Mr Adams said.
"We even named a guy by the name of Les Sellars, who no one knows of and as far as we are aware there's no living relatives anywhere close to our area. But he had to be picked. He played half a dozen games for Australia.”
Mr Adams praised the committee, who worked tirelessly to pick the team, which consisted of David Ball, Norm Crisp, Barry Brunckhorst, Paul Shatte, Ray Reeves, Michael Jensen and Michael Mahoney.
He also gave thanks to the Stanthorpe Rugby League committee and community for organising, supporting and attending the event.
"Everyone in the club hopes deep down that in another 100 years it's still firing,” Mr Adams said.
"We hope that it is still going to be as vibrant and happy a place as it is right now. We just want to keep giving kids and adults an opportunity to play. It's not just about footy, it's about community.”
TEAM OF THE CENTURY
Listed in alphabetical order:
Peter 'Mick' Madsen