Steve Jackson easier with his Gala Day
THE Steve Jackson Rugby League Gala Day was held on the last day of Term 3 for for primary school children. The event started 12 years ago and no one is more prouder of the competition then Steve Jackson himself.
Steve said he was asked by Andrew Lawrence, who was the development officer for the ARL at that time, to host a rugby league competition in honour of his name.
“At first I was a bit embarrassed about it but 12 years later, the kids are enjoying it and it’s the last day of term and I ask the kids what would they prefer to be doing, playing footy or doing school work and you know what the answer to that would be,” he said.
“In the early years we started with finals and grand finals and it just got too competitive and we didn’t want that; we wanted the kids to have fun and didn’t want to leave anyone out. These days we don’t have finals but we do have an overall winner, if there’s a draw on how many games they have won we then have a count back on the number of tries that are scored, today there was a draw between Northview and Emmanuel and Emmanuel took out the competition because they scored more tries.”
Jackson started playing rugby league when he was 5 and in 1989 when he was playing for the Canberra Raiders he came from the bench to score the winning try in the grand final against the Balmain Tigers.
THAT’S TOPS: All the kids who participated in the Steve Jackson Rugby League Gala day at Abbot Park.