Collegians’ honour to a club treasure
ASK the leaders at Collegians Junior Rugby League Club who the most selfless volunteers around the club are and no doubt Toby Eather's name will come up a few times.
Eather was presented with life membership at Collegians' presentation day for his hard work and dedication to the club.
"It was a huge honour," Eather said. "It was a big surprise but I accepted it gratefully.
"To be honest, there are a lot more people than myself who deserve it but it's not something you can knock back."
Eather started out as a player in 1959 before he moved into coaching in 1976.
He then went back and forth between coaching and managerial roles.
After stepping back a bit this year, Eather will return in a managerial role next year, although he is not sure which age group it will be with yet.
Eather said his best memory was winning premierships as a coach, although one premiership in particular stood out. "In my first year of coaching in 1976, I coached the under-16 side to the premiership undefeated," he said.
"I did the same thing later on with an under-14s side.
"They're all special but I would have to put the 1976 premiership above the others because it was my first year of coaching.
"By the time I won the others, I had more experience under my belt."
Collegians president Glen Williamson said Eather was fully deserving of the honour. "Toby has done many years of voluntary contributions around the club," Williamson said.
"It couldn't have gone to a more deserving person.
"It's quite rare to find a person who doesn't need to be involved but is and that's the case with Toby.
"All the boys in the teams he coaches or manages look up to him and respect him greatly, particularly for his knowledge of the game."
As well as his contributions to Collegians, Eather has contributed to the Warwick Cowboys on-and-off.