Sport

Official legends of the game

Kathy Hammett, Joan Ryan, inductee Bob Bennett, Michelle Rock and inductee Wayne Bennett are relations of inductee Eddie Brosnan.
Kathy Hammett, Joan Ryan, inductee Bob Bennett, Michelle Rock and inductee Wayne Bennett are relations of inductee Eddie Brosnan. Gerard Walsh

ROHAN and Stephanie Hancock are the first father-and-daughter to play for Australia and are proud of it.

Now they are part of the Warwick Rugby League Wall of Legends, which was unveiled on Saturday at Father Ranger Oval to recognise 46 players and officials.

Their first games in the green and gold were certainly memorable. Rohan was knocked out against New Zealand and doesn't remember his first 60 minutes of Test footy while Stephanie was sinbinned.

"I tackled a player on the shoulder and then my arm slipped up," she said.

"I sure look up to Dad."

Mr Hancock said Glen Whitton had done a wonderful job organising the Wall of Legends.

"I heard a lot about the tough men who played years ago. They were tougher in those days," Mr Hancock said.

His most vivid memory is running out in his first State of Origin game, two or three players behind Maroons captain Artie Beetson.

Joan Ryan and Kathy Hammett were in Warwick for the induction of their father Eddie Brosnan, a 1948 Kangaroos tourist and Collegians coach.

Mrs Ryan recalled her mother filling a Tupperware container with sandwiches before heading off to a Sunday of rugby league in the 1960s.

"I remember travelling as far as Goondiwindi and Tenterfield," Mrs Ryan said.

Former Collegians and current Cowboys official Greg Carey and former Eastern Suburbs/Cowboys official Con Seibel presented the induction certificates.

Mrs Hammett said her father talked about the wonderful time he had in an era when they travelled by boat to England, France and India as part of the 1948 Kangaroos team.

She said her father, who was in the police force, loved his time in Warwick.

"Dad was a humble man. He was keen to teach the boys how to play football and keep them off the street."

The siblings watched a lot of the games of their brother Eddie who was captain of the same Collegians (premiership winning) teams which also included their first cousin Wayne Bennett.

Topics:  rugby league, warwick




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Did these men kill a mother and daughters? Trial begins

The court hearing has begun for the two men accused

Full-time work vs parenting: Warwick mums have their say

Which is tougher – full-time work or being a mum?

Buyers snap up hot Warwick property at auction

HOT PROPERTY: Denis Courtney, Lewis von Stieglitz, Yve Stocks, Peter Stewart and Kelly Reardon at yesterday's auction.

Vacant blocks sell in the Rose City for up to $80,000

Latest deals and offers

Buyers snap up hot Warwick property at auction

HOT PROPERTY: Denis Courtney, Lewis von Stieglitz, Yve Stocks, Peter Stewart and Kelly Reardon at yesterday's auction.

Vacant blocks sell in the Rose City for up to $80,000

What $150,000 will buy you in Warwick

Renovate, invest or just buy in on a cheap home.