For a man who never played Sydney football, John Hobby had an amazing 17 year career.
He toured New Zealand with NSW Country in 1968, as well as representing Country Seconds four times, playing six matches against International touring teams, representing three divisions in a total of 30 plus games, playing for four Country Groups and winning six Premierships as a captain/coach.
Highly respected by his team-mates and opponents alike, John gave back plenty to the game he loved after his playing career had finished.
The Illawarra region have produced some great wingers since the code was first played in the Wollongong district in the 1911 season.
Among these stars are Charlie "Saus" Hazelton (1 Test), Ian Moir (12 Tests), Bob Dimond (1948 Kangaroo), Peter Dimond (10 Tests), Les Hanigan (2 Tests), Brett Morris (18 Tests), Rod Wishart (17 Tests), Allan McMahon (5 Tests) and Charlie Kentwell.
While Charlie Kentwell did not play a Test, in fact he did not even play Sydney football, he was still one of the best wingers ever produced by the strong Illawarra competition.
Illawarra's first Kick Off Club for 2017 was held at Kiama Leagues Club on Friday 24 February with 125 supporters enjoying the coastal views and generous hospitality of the Leagues Club.
by Barry Ross
In 1989, the Illawarra Steelers won the S.G (Samuel George) Ball Cup. The squad was Greg Clarke, Tony Crnkovic, John Cross, Ben Dabin, Craig Dixon, Adam Dunn, Ryan Girdler, Simon Lacey, Paul Malone, Michael Misiti, Darren Motbey, John Neden, Paul Nigro, David Riolo, Jason Seadon, Craig Simon, John Simon, Robert Walsh. Coach Bill Wright, Manager Allan Barry.
The S.G Ball was an under 17 competition in 1989 and several of these players went on to big things in our game. It is interesting to see what they did, football-wise, down the track.
The annual QRL Leadership Conference was recently held at the Twin Waters resort on the Sunshine Coast.
Our wonderful volunteers from our committees were on hand to answer delegates’ questions and be the face of the Men of League Foundation.
Andrew O’Brien (Toowoomba Region Committee President and Welfare Officer) with Barry Marsden (Sunshine Coast Committee Secretary)
Roma local and BMD QLD Welfare Officer, Lyle Cherry, was recently honoured for his work in the local community by winning the Australia Day award for Citizen of the Year for the Maranoa Regional Council.
On behalf of the Men of League Foundation, we would like to congratulate Lyle on his outstanding achievement.
Men of League Foundation Queensland Welfare is proudly sponsored by BMD Group.