Edyvean proud of club
Life off the field saw John Edyvean become a life member of the Lions and he was even president and secretary for a number of years.
He also held positions on the inaugural board for the Ipswich Jets.
Such was Edyvean’s passion for the sport, he also became known as Mr Football during his time with the club.
“I suppose I was always pushing the game in the area and township and any new person that came here they were pounced on to play rugby league,” he said.
“Oddly enough in those days, in small towns, you had to get on to everybody that came to the place to play the game because you were short of sides and team members.”
Edyvean had plenty of other memories of his time with the club, including coaching league prodigy Peter Ryan and securing the talents of a highly rated coach.
“The other big thrill of my life was being able to secure Tommy Raudonikis to coach here for 12 months,” he said.
He said it would was a proud moment to celebrate the centenary.
“It’s great to see that rugby league has survived all the opposition and particularly these days there is so much professionalism in rugby league that occurs every day,” he said.
“And towns of this calibre are virtually still playing amateur league in some ways and it’s good to see that people are still playing the game.”