Greg McMahon with his footies, cricket bat and a golf club for a move interstate.
Greg McMahon with his footies, cricket bat and a golf club for a move interstate. Gerard Walsh

Stalwart bids farewell

“FOR sure I will miss Warwick sport” is the word from Greg McMahon who leaves town this week after almost four decades of involvement as a player and administrator.

The 48-year-old first played sport as a 10-year-old for the Wheatvale under 16 side in Warwick junior cricket.

He played A-grade cricket for RSL Diggers and won seven Warwick Australia Day Cricket Carnivals with Bears XI.

An accomplished pace bowler, McMahon took the new ball for Warwick in Mitchell Shield matches for five or six seasons.

He played junior rugby league for Collegians and for Warwick and District at under 16 and 18 levels.

A fullback, McMahon played A grade for Collegians in the old St George Cup competition and one season for the Cowboys before retiring.

McMahon is one player who made sure he put as much into sport as he got out of it.

He was secretary of the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League for four years during an era when his sons Dan, Chris and Josh played for the boys in blue and white.

He was coach of junior teams for a decade until 1999 when his side Collegians won the under 13 premiership.

McMahon coached the South West Mustangs in the under 13, 14 and 16 age groups and was a divisional selector for 10 years.

He coached a Warwick and District team that included Nick Nolan and Darren Pettiford, who both played underage rugby league for Queensland.

McMahon was Cowboys A-grade coach for one season.

The administrator extraordinaire said he enjoyed being involved in sports coaching and administration to “help the kids”.

“I loved coaching the juniors,” he said.

“I will miss the sporting involvement, but hope to come back each Australia Day weekend to play for Bears in the cricket carnival.”

Whatever sport he was involved in at weekends didn’t stop McMahon from playing in Langham Slashers Social Golf Sunday morning competitions for 25 years.

He resigned as club president on Sunday and said he planned to join a golf club in the Northern Rivers when he, partner Liz Stanfield and daughter Alanna move this week.

McMahon said he was looking forward to the move following his appointment as manager of the Woolworths store in River Street, Ballina.

He worked at Woolworths in Warwick for 21 years and was assistant store manager before the move to New South Wales.

Ross Ellis first worked with McMahon at junior rugby league level and said he would definitely be missed.

“He was a good administrator and coach who was big on preparation and doing your best,” Ellis said.

“It was kids first and the possibility of victory second; he always had the boys interests at heart and wanted to see them test themselves against better opposition.”

Ellis said, as a cricketer, once McMahon got the red ball in his hand, he didn’t like to surrender it.

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