Central Downs Junior Rugby League life members Peter Cavanagh and Ian Brady.
Central Downs Junior Rugby League life members Peter Cavanagh and Ian Brady. Gerard Walsh

Brady made life member of Central Downs league

RUGBY LEAGUE: After 11 years of hard work for Central Downs Junior Rugby League, Ian Brady has been named a life member.

Brady was presented with the life membership by long-time Central Downs official and life member Peter Cavanagh.

"When Ian moved to the area, he became involved and has been manager or coach of the under-35kg team each year and also helps with under-43kg footy,” Cavanagh said.

Brady is also Central Downs publicity officer and his sons played for Central Downs. He also has a long association with the Wattles club.

Last year, he coached the Central Downs under-35kg team to a joint win in the carnival and they finished third this year at Cunnamulla.

At the under-43kg presentations in Clifton, the organisers paid tribute to all sponsors and to the work of Chrissy Peardon and Kellie Brady in organising the carnival and canteen.

Zone 5 under-43kg president David Landers presented a gift to Cavanagh for his long service to weight-group league.

Cavanagh has seen many players go through zone 5 and remembers international prop Shane Webcke played in the under-43kg carnival as a nine-year-old.

"Shane was too big after that to play weight footy,” Cavanangh said.

He recalls watching Origin legend Darren Lockyer win best player awards at both under-35kg and under-43kg carnivals.

"Darren had vision and you can't coach vision. He reads the game so well,” he said.

One for the future according to Cavanagh is Goondiwindi player David Armstrong who won best player awards at both weight carnivals.

"You might hear a lot about David,” he said.

Two weeks ago, Armstrong scored seven tries in TRL A grade for Goondiwindi which was the second most in A-grade history. The recordholder is Stanthorpe back rower Rob Reeves against Gatton in the early 1990s.

Cavanagh also recalled the era when all junior league was weights. Players played games from four stone, four pounds, to seven stone, seven pounds. One player from the pre metric days he remembers is Maroons legend Dale Shearer.