THE Men Of League are back in the Bay for 26-27 May when they are holding their annual charity golf event.
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Meet League legend Ashley Gordon, who was the first Newcastle Knight signed and Dally M Award winner in 1990, coach of the Newcastle Indigenous All Stars and Indigenous teams along with 1975 World Cup Player John Quayle at the Men Of League Charity Golf Event.
Ashley Gordon told News Of The Area, “I was still in high school when I was signed, I grew up in Newcastle and didn’t want to leave, I had my family here, so I accepted the Knights offer even though it was a new club and I had offers from Parramatta.”
Gordon played with the Knights in the 1990 play offs and the league finals in 1995.
“For me the early years were special, we were a close knit group and local crowds of 30,000 would attend the games.”
Gordon believes in being grounded and connecting with community.
When he is asked to give back through groups like Men Of League he feel that he is just being part of the League family, sharing the same values and beliefs.
“I believe in recognising the cultural background and identity of who you are, it’s important that all people should recognise their culture, and being part of the League family is part of my culture,” he said.
The Men Of League raise funds to support people that have been part of the League family, from those that have played and sustained injuries to those who have served in the canteen, it doesn’t matter they are helped and supported if they are in need.
The Men Of League Golf Tournament will raise vital funds, you can find out more or book your team in to play in the tournament by contacting Nelson Bay Golf Club.
By Marian SAMPSON