The pass­ing of a great man

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ALL six North­ern Dis­tricts Rugby League clubs will cast aside their ri­valry to pay re­spects to a fallen giant of bush footy.

Nev Fin­lay, life mem­ber of both Gin Gin Hawks and the NDRL, died peace­fully re­cently, how­ever his legacy will ben­e­fit the Gin Gin and rugby league com­mu­ni­ties for many years to come.

With all games played at Avon­dale last week­end, it only took a quick call from Gin Gin Hawks sec­re­tary David Hel­more to Avon­dale pres­i­dent Herb Lutz to get the ball rolling.

“I knew they would say yes and it was a very kind ges­ture,” Hel­more said.

Be­fore Gin Gin took on Miriam Vale, the NDRL stopped for a minute’s si­lence.

Lutz told the News Mail there was never any doubt the club would pay trib­ute to Hawks’ el­der states­man.

“Nev and I go back to day one of the NDRL,” Lutz said.

“He was 90 years old and had a great in­nings.”

Long-time friend Doug Si­mon­sen, who played for the Hawks in its in­au­gu­ral sea­son in 1965, said Nev loved his rugby league.

“We were ap­proached by Avon­dale and from the north­ern dis­tricts to see if we could get a team up and run­ning to make the comp big­ger and stronger,” he said.

“Nev be­came one of the driv­ing forces of that.

“We have had our ups and downs over the years but it was only be­cause of the ef­forts of peo­ple like Nev that got the club go­ing.

“I had a lot of re­spect for him and val­ued his friend­ship very much.”


FIT­TING TRIB­UTE: Nell and Nev Fin­lay at their 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions be­fore Nev’s re­cent death.

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