Valleys man honoured in true Diehard testimonial
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
TONIGHT is going to be a night to remember for Valleys stalwart Mark Chynoweth who celebrates 20 years of senior football with the Diehards at a special testimonial dinner.
The 42-year-old, who first laced on a boot for Valleys in 1986, is the guest of honour at the testimonial dinner being held at the Rocky Glen Hotel.
It is expected to be a great night, with Valleys officials keeping tight-lipped on what they have in store for one of their greatest players.
The man himself was humble as ever when we caught up with him yesterday to have a chat about two decades in Gladstone rugby league.
'Mate it is a bit of a blur, the last 20 years have gone so quickly,' Chynoweth said.
A late starter to rugby league, Chynoweth has definitely made up for lost time, with a list of honours the length of his arm.
'I have been pretty lucky,' he said.
'I have had a number of great times. "Playing in a premiership was special and I was lucky enough to win The Observer silver medal twice.'
As with any stalwart, Chynoweth has experienced all the highs and lows football has to offer.
On a number of occasions this year he has played both reserve and A grade football, adding it has taken its toll. "I have played both games a bit this year,' he said.
'You do it a bit tough and feel sore for the rest of the week alright.'
But the man who epitomises the Diehards spirit added he wouldn't have changed anything over his career.
'My career has been very good, I have never been sent off ? that is something I am proud of and been pretty lucky,' he said.
And will he play on next year when son Shannon gets over his major knee injury?
'I think it might be it when I play with Shannon,' he said.
'When that happens it might be time to hang up the boots and start enjoying a beer at the footy.'