Membership for life for coach, volunteer and player
FOOTBALL: A lifetime of volunteer work was recognised at the Warwick Wolves presentation dinner when Bruce Greenaway was awarded life membership of the association.
Greenaway recalls his first games as a junior in the early 1980s at the former football fields at Henry Joppich Park.
He started senior football while at Warwick State High School.
Greenaway completed his first coaching course when his oldest son Joe was in the under-6 age group which is 15 years ago.
He has coached each year since and recalls winning an under-10 premiership when that age group was playing competitive football.
Greenaway isn't worried about whether he coaches the best or the worst team, he just wants to help out any children who might not be getting much of a go.
Each winter, he heads to Warwick Wolves headquarters at Queens Park once or twice a week to pass on skills to players who come to training.
He recalls coaching a team that included Kyle Parish, a footballer who has been in the college system in America, and has played in the National Premier League with South West Thunder.
As to why he keeps coming back for more, Greenaway said a sport can get in your blood.
"I played as a kid and just kept playing,” he said.
At 49 years of age, his playing days are far from over.
He regularly travels to Ipswich to play over-40s football with Blackstone Welsh in the Queensland Christian Soccer Association.
The two constants in the Blackstone over-40s are Greenaway and Warwick teammate Billy Manwaring.
For a season or two, Greenaway was joined in the Blackstone team by his two brothers, Trevor and Allen.
At the same time, there were four Manwarings in the team, Bill, Len, Dudley and Harry.
He is a regular in the Warwick team which plays in a summer over-35 years competition in Stanthorpe.
Warwick has some home games and plays games at Stanthorpe and Ballandean. When Warwick is drawn to play Tenterfield, the team travel to a central venue for the games to lessen the travelling.
"It looks like there is plenty of interest to field an over-35s team this season,” he said.
While his major volunteer work has been as a coach, Greenaway was the Warwick Wolves treasurer for two years.
He said the support of his wife Susy made it possible to him to be so involved in the round ball game.