Tommy Raudonikis speaks during the league centenary dinner at the Gympie Civic Centre on Friday evening.
Tommy Raudonikis speaks during the league centenary dinner at the Gympie Civic Centre on Friday evening. David Crossley

Guests celebrate league centenary

HUNDREDS of guests filled the Gympie Civic Centre last Friday evening for the Gympie Cooloola Rugby League centenary celebrations.

Tickets sold out weeks in advance and guests were treated to not only a historical look at footy in the Gympie region, but also the Birth of Origin Show, featuring keynote speakers Tommy Raudonikis and “Big” Artie Beetson.

Both rugby league legends spoke about their experiences in the game, representing Australia and being the two original State of Origin captains.

An auction was also held in which a rare piece of league memorabilia went under the hammer – a signed Queensland State of Origin jersey by all 12 captains since the series’ inception.

The unique jersey went for just under $6000, attracting plenty of interest.

Gympie Rugby League President Scott Dodt was pleased with the centenary celebrations over both days, including the dinner and the games at Albert Park on Saturday.

“It was a special moment for the club and things went well,” he said.

“People commented on how they had a good night at the dinner and had plenty of laughs.”

Capping off the celebrations was the Devils’ win over the Caloundra Sharks.

“We’re now on top of the ladder and the boys did it in style in front a big home crowd,” Dodt said.

Gympie Times


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