Port Stephens Men of League's ninth annual charity weekend has been hailed a success. About 140 people attended a dinner at the Club on May 26 and 170 turned out for the golf tournament on May 27.
Guests to the dinner heard from three speakers as well as MOL State Manager, Bruce Walker and Port Stephens Branch President, Chris Kelly.
Port Stephens resident and former Manly player, Charlie Haggett, interviewed Ashley Gordon, the first indigenous player signed to Newcastle Knights, and current injured captain of the NRL side, Mitchell Pearce.
Pearce shared his thoughts on the modern game and he took the opportunity to pay tribute to his mentor Allan Bell, who is now a committee member ofr the Port Stephens MOL Branch.
The key speaker, John Quayle was outstanding. He highlighted his years as the CEO of NSW and Australian Rugby League, the super league crisis, how the Tina Turner campain won national and international awards helped the sport and shared anecdotes and stories.
Golfers lined up for the four person ambrose nclassic the following day which was played in blazing sunshine.
The auctions and raffles were well supported thanks to the generosity of payers from as far away as Sydney, Central Coast, Narrabri and the Upper Hunter.
The "Salamander Slashers" - Jason Guy, Richard Harris, David Betell and Peter Bell won the Ross Gig Memorial trophy.
Through this annual dinner and golf day they raised $15,000 for their worthwhile cause.
The Men of League event is held on the last weekend of May each year. This event is open to both Men AND Women to participate in... whether it be the dinner or the golf. The name of the charity would make you think otherwise, however the main purpose of the charity is to raise funds for rugby league families not just players. This organisation does an amazing job in their welfare department for people suffering with depression and anxiety, modifying people's homes for disability, arranging specialised cars for families, transport for medical procedures or just company for those in need.