TAKE A PUTT: Robert Griffin at a previous Men of League golf day. Photo: Cody Fox
TAKE A PUTT: Robert Griffin at a previous Men of League golf day. Photo: Cody Fox

Golf teams assemble to bring fallen players to the fore

GOLF : The Allora sporting community is teaming up to help struggling sporting stars of yore at the annual Men of League golf tournament next month.

President of the Allora Sports Museum Perry Cronin put out the call last week for golfing enthusiasts, pro and amateur alike, to partake in the charity event.

Inspired by the central sportingtenets of teamwork and mateship, the Men of League looks after “blokes who have fallen on hard times”.

“It’s a good cause that is close to my heart,” Cronin said.

“It all started when a former player went into hospital and the bloke beside him recognised him and realised he couldn’t afford to pay for his surgery.

“These blokes have represented their towns, their states and their countries but, once they get a bit older, they’re just gone and forgotten.”

Founders and former players Ron Coote, Jim Hall and Max Brown enabled a network of assistance to grow from the tight-knit sporting community and since thenit has grown into a national institution, ensuring medical bills are paidand widows are cared for.

At Middle Park on Friday, February 7, several sporting stars will lend their names and skills to the cause.

A little birdie told Cronin rugby league hero Wally Lewis might even turn up.

“It’s good when those ­people come because it’s a real drawcard for the players,” ­Cronin said.

“Imagine rubbing shoulders with Wally. He’s the best footballer the world has ever seen.”

Tickets are $100 and while Cronin got together his own team quickly, all you need is four friends to assemble your own.

For more information call Graham Pamenter on 0408 457 911.



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