Steve Jack­son eas­ier with his Gala Day

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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.

PHOTO: TONY MARTIN

THAT’S TOPS: All the kids who par­tic­i­pated in the Steve Jack­son Rugby League Gala day at Ab­bot Park.

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