Book de­tails league his­tory

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

LO­CAL rugby league his­to­rian Tony Price will launch his lat­est book this Sun­day at 11am at the Metropole Ho­tel in Proser­pine.

We wore the Pur­ple and Green doc­u­ments the his­tory of rugby league in the Whit­sun­days from 1969-1994, which fol­lows on from the first vol­ume he re­leased ear­lier this year.

The book con­tains 443 pho­tos and in­cludes 111 pen por­traits of play­ers and of­fi­cials that helped shape the Whit­sun­day Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion.

There are game by game de­scrip­tion of the years that play­ers wore the Whit­sun­day colours and it will bring back many mem­o­ries for play­ers of all ages as the book cov­ers the su­per-stars like Paul Bow­man, Ed­die Muller, Mike McLean, Rod Hal­ley and Adrian Brunker who went on to play for Queens­land down to the guy who played two games in re­serve grade for the Brah­mans.

“If you played the game in Bowen, Collinsville or Proser­pine in the 26 sea­sons cov­ered in the book you prob­a­bly get a men­tion some­where,” Mr Price said.

“The pho­tos in the book have been col­lected from all over North Queens­land and don’t only in­clude the lo­cal teams, they also in­clude the op­po­si­tion and there are many pho­tos of North Queens­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams.”

There are hun­dreds of teams men­tioned thanks to the many pro­grams from the Ron Read col­lec­tion and the ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion from the State Li­brary in Bris­bane.

“Many of the pho­tos in the book come from pri­vate col­lec­tions and have never been seen be­fore and for the rugby league en­thu­si­ast they are a re­minder of a strong vi­brant rugby league com­mu­nity we called our own,” he said.

Price also names his first thir­teen from the 1969-1994 pe­riod and pen-por­traits 94 play­ers that rep­re­sented North Queens­land or played with distinc­tion for many sea­sons. He also in­cludes of­fi­cials and sup­port­ers of note that en­sured the suc­cess of the Whit­sun­day com­pe­ti­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion contact Tony Price on 0427 451 913.

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