Barry Perry remembered as one of the best
WHEN Leo Nosworthy arrived at Macquarie in the 1959, he thought he had found the end of the rainbow. He had two men of gold – Barry Perry and Athol Curry – to lead his pack.
Barry and Athol were the engine room in a team that won the famous NSW Country Rugby league Clayton Cup after an unbeaten season in 1959. They went on to claim two more titles and much of the impetus came from Leo’s two “bookends”.
From a Best and Fairest report in 1962, came this gem.
“To separate Curry and Perry was almost impossible but Perry’s excellent all-round display won him the major point. Perry was a tower of strength in the forwards and his crashing runs through the rucks were outstanding. In defence, he never faulted.”
Barry was a tough bloke on the field but a very highly regarded bloke away from it. Dubbo Macquarie was his club. He wore blue until his passing last week and never forgot his roots with Dubbo rugby league and his home club.
He was a player, coach, administrator, proud grandfather and No.1 Ticket Holder for his beloved Raiders.
There is no doubt Barry will now be reunited with his great footballing mates. There’s equal certainty he’ll be having a laugh and pouring over old games with his mates from Dubbo CYMS against whom he fought many great battles.
Farewell great servant of the game. *
Barry Perry with grandson, the late Perry Meredith in 2013. Barry was so highly treasured that when daughter Liz and husband Mark Meredith gave birth to a son, they named him Perry.
Main photo, above: Barry Perry in the official team photo with Dubbo Macquarie in 1959. ORIGINAL PHOTO: J. VINCENT STUDIO, MONTAGE CREATED BY MEL POCKNALL. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/FILE