Huge honour for players
GEORDIE Morton has been named captain of the Warwick District Football Association Team of the past 25 years which was named on Saturday night at dinner at Frankies on the Green.
Morton first played for Warwick in 1979 at the age of 17 and played in his first grand final in the Stanthorpe association the same year.
“Ron Thompson and I both joined the seniors at the same time along with Bill Manwaring who was two years older,” Morton said.
Morton played in four grand finals and won two.
He said his biggest disappointment in the sport was in 1985 when the Warwick team had only let four goals in all season in Toowoomba first division and then lost the grand final 4-2 to University after leading 2-0 at halftime.
But the disappointment of one game paled into insignificance for Morton who was part of the Warwick team when the new association was formed and played until 1994.
A left half or left back, Morton said he always seemed to end up as captain.
“A captain has got to be able to handle players and I also got along with most of the refs,” Morton said.
He recalls scoring two trebles for Warwick despite being more at the defensive end of the field.
Bill Manwaring played for Warwick for almost three decades and said he enjoyed every minute of coaching juniors.
“It is great to see you teach a kid something and then see the smile on their face after they get it right,” Manwaring said.
“I enjoyed the camaraderie, mateship and good times in football.”
The most emotional moment of the night was when the late Nathan Brose was named in the team.
Brose died suddenly during the 2004 season and was represented by his son Aidan who turned nine on Saturday.
Team goalie Mark Canton said Nathan was a really good player to watch.
“He had time with the ball when in possession and was a gifted footballer and keen about his sport,” Canton said.
The selected top team was presented with medals and shirts by Paul Ryan and John Hing, two of the officials in the early days when Warwick junior player numbers passed 500.
There was a display of memorabilia on the night and an auction to help raise club funds, including many autographed shirts and jerseys which were auctioned by Rod Thomas.
Evening organiser Dom Benz said the money raised would help secure the club financially.
“It is going to be a fund-raising annual event,” Benz said.
“In future years, we are hoping to get an A League speaker.
“Many of the items for the auction were donated by Ryanie 4 Tyres and Big W.”
Benz said six or seven of the players from the current women’s team were at the dinner together with players from all men’s teams and junior parents.