Barry Perry re­mem­bered as one of the best

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - By GE­OFF MANN

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

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