Gentleman Ron Gibbs backs local league?s youngsters
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
HE MAY have been nicknamed 'Rambo' on the football field, but in real life Ron Gibbs is a true gentleman off it.
The former Easts, Manly and Gold Coast star was in Gladstone yesterday as part of his Central Queensland tour.
The 1987 premiership hero visited Woorabinda and Bundaberg as part of his stay and proved just as popular now as he was in his playing days as a special guest of last weekend's All Blacks Rugby League Carnival.
'It was a great couple of days out there, the football was great and I really enjoyed myself there,' Gibbs said.
'I even refereed the grand final which was great, everyone who was associated with the carnival deserved a huge pat on the back alright.
Such is the passion that Gibbs has for both football and people, he took time out of his short stay to run a clinic for indigenous youngsters and also gave some pointers to the mighty Gladstone Red Bellies women's rugby league team.
'I thought I was here for some fishing,' he said jokingly.
'No, I love being involved with kids, both boys and girls have the same needs when it comes to sport. 'Sport is a great vehicle for the kids in the bush and I think it is a great way of keeping them out of trouble,' he said.
Like most, Gibbs was surprised with Australia's disappointing loss to New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman test on Saturday, but did add this:
'My opinion is that it is great for test football that Australia were beaten.
'For too long it has been onesided and Australia deserved to be beaten, New Zealand played very well and deserved to win.'
And a tough last question for the Sea Eagles legend. What about Manly's form recently?
'They were good this year, I didn't think they would make the eight. Next year could be a big one for them, especially if Orford and Kite play well,' he said.
A true gentleman.