Port Stephens Men of League’s ninth annual charity weekend has been hailed as a success.
About 140 people attended a dinner at Nelson Bay Golf Club on May 26 and 170 turned out for the golf tournament on May 27.
Guests to the dinner heard from three guests speakers, as well as MOL state manager Bruce Walker and Port Stephens branch president Chris Kelly.
Port resident and former Manly player Charlie Haggett interviewed Ashley Gordon, the first indigenous player signed to the Newcastle Knights, and current injured captain of the NRL side, playmaker Mitchell Pearce.
Pearce shared his thoughts on the modern game and he took the opportunity to pay tribute to his mentor in the room Allan Bell who, a committee member of the Port branch.
The key speaker, John Quayle, was outstanding. He highlighted his years as the CEO of NSW and Australian rugby league, the super league crises, how the Tina Turner promotions that won national and international awards helped the sport, and shred anecdotes and stories.
Golfers lined up for the four person ambrose classic the following day which was played in blazing sunshine.
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 “Salamander Slashers” – Jason Guy, Richard Harris, David Betell and Peter Bell – claimed the Ross Gigg Memorial Shield.