FOR A LEGEND: The Stanthorpe Gremlins will be out to retain the Patron’s Cup today in honour of club legend Neil Crisp.
FOR A LEGEND: The Stanthorpe Gremlins will be out to retain the Patron’s Cup today in honour of club legend Neil Crisp. File

Stanthorpe looks to honour club legend

MORE than just top spot will be on the line for the Stanthorpe Gremlins today, when the club hosts the Tenterfield Tigers today.

The teams will also fight it out for the Patron's Cup, and this year's patron just happens to be Neil Crisp - father of current Gremlins president Norm and an instrumental figure in Stanthorpe rugby league history.

Crisp was previously Gremlins secretary and coached the junior sides for a number of years, winning several premierships, after he played a crucial role in establishing junior rugby league in the 1960s and then lead negotiations for the club to play at Sullivan Oval in the 1970s.

"He's been instrumental to rugby league in the Stanthorpe district," Norm said.

"I know he was honoured to be named as patron this year.

"It's a nice thing to be happening - it's worked out well this year (that Stanthorpe is playing for it)."

The Gremlins currently hold the trophy after victory last year and Norm said they were keen to retain it.

"The guys have got to concentrate and work hard in defence," he said.

"We had nine guys out last week and we get six back this week so that should help.

"But we know that Tenterfield will be tough."

Fitness will be the key for the home side, Norm said.

"The guys have been getting off to good starts and then the other team has had to play catch-up," Norm said.

"It's important the guys keep their fitness up and play for the whole match."

Meanwhile, the Killarney Cutters will travel to Wallangarra.

The Cutters are searching for their second win of the season against the Rams, after they went down 32-22 to the Gremlins last week.

Neil Crisp:

 Life member of the Stanthorpe Rugby League

 Coached junior sides at the Gremlins, winning multiple junior premierships

 Led negotiations with Stanthorpe Shire Council for the club to play at Sullivan Oval in the 1970s


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