The final whistle for Jack
TODAY marks the end of an era at the Tweed Head Seagulls Rugby League Football Club.
After many years of ensuring the proud club took flight, chief executive officer Jack Stiles has flown the coup.
The man praised with laying the foundations of the Seagulls’ success has hung up the admin boots after more than 60 years dedicated to rugby league.
“I’ve enjoyed it all,” he said.
“But I was 80 in September and I think it’s about time to give it up. “I’ll still be a supporter; I love rugby league and live up the road, but I’m taking a step back.
“I’ve seen a lot of positive changes at the club in recent years and I just hope to see them keep winning.”
Although looking forward to retirement, Stiles will leave Seagulls with a wealth of fond memories.
“I’ve had a great time and made many good friends at the club, in both players, supporters and administrators,” he said.
“Winning the Queensland Cup in 2007 though was the obvious highlight.
“That was just an amazing feeling and great reward for everyone’s hard work. I’m also particularly glad that the club has been profitable in the past two years, because that means the club’s future is in good stead.”
From playing football as a youngster to working with the likes of Tommy Raudonikis and Terry Lamb, even sitting on the board at the likes of Western Suburbs, Stiles has lived and breathed rugby league all his life.
“I had been involved with league in various ways for many years when I moved to Banora Point,” Stiles said.
“I didn’t know what exactly I was going to do up here, but Tommy Searle had a word with me and convinced me to work at Seagulls.
“I like a bit of a challenge, and at times it has certainly been just that, but I’ve learned a lot and have never looked back.
“I took a hard stance at the club; no pussy-footing around, and although that doesn’t always make you the most-popular person, I think it worked well and we’ve come a long way.”
Now though, Stiles is looking forward to the simple things in life, leaving for Sydney next week for a well-deserved month of rest and recuperation.
“I’m looking forward to a bit of family time with my wife and grandchildren.
“One of the things I’ve learned is that I must keep my brain occupied if I want to stay healthy, but I know there’s enough chores around the house to keep me occupied.”
Seagulls will now enter a phase of administration restructure, with Terry Keen assuming some of Stiles’ administrative and operational duties, and Dannette Taylor entering as a marketing manager.From Captain Brad Davis
“Jack has been great. He’s been around footy clubs forever and brought so much experience and knowledge to the club.
“He is an extremely passionate man who kept everything around the club in good stead. He is a real loss for the club.
“Jack and I were always in good contact, and whenever I’ve needed something he has been there, got the job done.
“He is leaving some big shoes to fill. He kept improving the club and pushing it on towards bigger and better things.
“He has worked tirelessly and all the guys will be missing him and wishing him well in retirement.”