Edyvean proud of club

Gatton Star - - Laidley Lions 100th -

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.”

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