Men of League putting along nicely

RUGBY league stalwarts from all over the shire dropped the football to take up a set of golf clubs on Sunday. 

The Men of League’s second annual charity golf day played host to a horde of eager, but sometimes bewildered, men and women for an 18-hole four-person ambrose. 

NRL development officer Damian Kennedy took part on the day and said it was great fun to be on the course with good mates. 

Kennedy joked his team was robbed of victory on the day. 

“Unfortunately the team before us kept putting glad wrap over all the holes,” Kennedy said with a laugh. 

Meanwhile, Eden Tigers living legend Sheldon Wykes was on hand as a “travelling barman” to keep everyone “hydrated”. 

Winners of the day were Adrian and Noel Hall, Scott Thornton and Heemi Nukutarawhiti.

The longest drive honours went to Andrew Collins and Sue Kelly. 

Meanwhile, Corey Walker, Maree Hergenhan and Shane Crowe all picked up a nearest the pin win. 

Kennedy said Men of League branch president Terry Dickson was unable to attend due to personal reasons. 

“He had to travel to Sydney for personal reasons, he would love to be here, but he does send his apologies.” 

The day also included a number of prizes for the winners, a raffle and an auction with the feature piece being an authentic signed tri-nations jersey.

Organiser Col Clarke and Eden Motor Group sponsor Con Zurkis said organisers were blown away by the support for the day. 

“This is the second event we’ve held in the last two years and the turn up today was absolutely outstanding and I thank you all for that,” Clarke said. 

“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia and it’s great to see people getting behind a group like this to help.”

Meanwhile, Zurkis - who is relatively new to the area - was overwhelmed by the community support. 

“Firstly, thank you very much from not only myself, but on behalf of my family for welcoming us to the area,” Zurkis said. 

“We’re very proud to be among a good tradition in this area, that everybody sticks together.”

Zurkis said he was so impressed with the good works of the Men of League and how locals had rallied behind the cause he plans to continue support in future. 

“I made up my mind earlier on that I think we’ll make this the inaugural one and we’ll carry on forever and a day.

“And it’s not because of us, but the work that people like Clarkey do. 

“It’s very important that we support each other,” he said.

Zurkis said he wanted to see the event grow and would use connections from Melbourne if it would help next year’s event. 

“I think we could make this bigger and better going forward, this is a great charity and it’s well worthwile.

“I’d like to thank the Men of League for letting me be a part of it,” he said. 

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