Despite having to abandon the last race due to rain, the Men of League Charity Race Day at Forster Tuncurry racecourse was still considered a great success, with close to 2000 punters turning out for an enjoyable day of racing, footy legends and fundraising.
Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club president Gary McQuillan said he couldn’t have been happier with the turnout and that it was an honour to have hosted league icons Bob McCarthy and Ron Coote at the event.
“They’re the real gentlemen of rugby league,” he said.
“It was an absolute pleasure to have them.”
Mr McQuillan said local footy fans were overwhelmed to be in the presence of two greats of the game and that as ambassadors for the Men of League foundation, they really inspired people to get behind a great cause.
Men of League treasurer Chris Turner said approximately $2000 was raised on the day through raffle tickets and auctions, with proceeds being split between the Men of League foundation and local sports personality Marshall Loadsman.
Following the completion of the racing, the good times continued at the Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club, with Mr McCarthy and Mr Coote drawing the winners of the raffle and live entertainment kicking on well into the evening.
Stay ahead with local news by signing up for the Great Lakes Advocate newsletter here.