Lend league a hand
By BOB ANTHONY
GRAHAM Eadie has climbed to the pinnacle of rugby league and from those heights, has gained a new perspective on what's important for the game.
Eadie, the man known as 'Wombat' is passionate about the code and its future and that has prompted him to instigate a "grassroots" forum at Twin Towns Services Club on Thursday, March 15.
With Mark Russell from Aussie Gateways, he has managed to bring together a talented panel of players, media commentators, business leaders and junior rugby league officials to examine ways of fostering community ownership of the game, particularly at a junior level.
Eadie said there had been plenty said recently about the state of the game, especially in country and regional areas, and the open forum was one way of addressing how communities could assist the NRL in developing participation at all levels.
"To do that, we all have to pitch in and that's where the forum can generate ideas which we might be able to take away and apply," he said.
Joining Eadie on the forum panel next week are Graeme Hughes from the radio show Talkin' Sport, NBN sports journalist Mick Rabbitt, Titans junior development officer Gavin Judd, Group 18 Junior Rugby League representative Mark Harrison, league legend Tom Radonikus and league representatives from both sides of the border.
The forum will also give Eadie the opportunity to launch the inaugural Border Cup Challenge, aimed at bringing together legends of the game with up and coming youngsters to raise money for junior sport and worthy community causes.
Eadie, one of the original Blues in the first State Of Origin clash, has been working with his Queensland counterpart Colin Scott in bringing former players on board for the event to kick off on the June long weekend at the Mullumbimby Giants ground.
For information on the forum, which is open to everyone, call 02 6680 1424.