IT was another hugely successful weekend when the Port Stephens branch of Men of League (MoL) staged its ninth annual charity weekend at the Nelson Bay Golf Club.
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The weekend kicked off on the Saturday night with a Sportsmen’s dinner attended by 140 people.
The night was highlighted by the quality of speakers, including Knights playmaker Mitchell Pearce, former Knight great Ashley Gordon and passionate league man John Quayle.
MoL state manager Bruce Walker and branch president Chris Kelly addressed the gathering while ex-Manly player Charlie Haggett performed a sterling job with the interviews.
Pearce, currently out injured, gave a player’s insight into the modern game while taking the opportunity to pay tribute to his mentor also in attendance, Allan Bell.
Gordon spoke of his formative years at the Knights [he was the first player to be signed by the Newcastle Knights on the entry into the NRL] and his continuing work with young indigenous men.
Quayle, meanwhile, highlighted his years as the CEO of both the NSW and Australian bodies, as well as issues such as the super league crises, the wonderful Tina Turner and anecdotes on that Newcastle enigma, Joey Johns.
On Sunday, 170 golfers lined up for the 4-man Ambrose golf classic which, thanks to the hard working committee, was a great success played in blazing sunshine with every player entering the spirit of the day.
The auctions and raffles were well supported thanks to the generosity of players from as far away as Sydney, Central Coast, Narrabri and the Upper Hunter.
The winners of the Ross Gigg Memorial Shield went to the ‘Salamander Slashers’ team, consisting of Jason Guy, Richard Harris, David Betell and Peter Bell.
The MoL committee is extremely grateful to the wonderful support received from the local business and sporting communities and look forward to celebrating the tenth anniversary event in 2019.