Fond memories for Mick Daly
RUGBY LEAGUE: Mick Daly treasures every moment he has spent at the Gladstone Brothers Rugby League Club in his roles as a player, coach and administration.
Daly, who is also head coach at the Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club, has been involved for 25 of the club's 50 years.
When asked what has been the highlights, Daly's answer was quite simple.
"It's just the mateship and mates that you have for life,” Daly said.
His journey began after starting out playing league for Rockhampton Brothers' under-13 while living in Moura at the time.
The natural thing he did was join Gladstone Brothers as a 14-year-old when he moved to Gladstone.
"I also used to play U16s in Rocky on the Saturday and then play U19 and reserves in Gladstone on the Sunday,” Daly said.
"I played 24 years consecutively, but 25 if you count the one game I played against Rocky Brothers in 2006.”
Daly coached the reserves and U19 teams and coached the U19s to the Brothers first premiership in the extended competition against Rockhampton Brothers.
He confesses that he was just an average front rower who did his job week-in, week-out.
He recalled an injury he suffered against Emerald.
"I copped a broken jaw against Emerald back in 1992 and it was an elbow to the jaw after I got him with a tackle before,” Daly said.
"Back then there were some hard men for us and other teams, but I never used to fight.”
The most famous players Daly played with were ex-Australian player and Queensland Origin great Chris Close and Phil Daley who played with Manly Sea Eagles and Gold Coast Seagulls.
Humorous moments is a part of a club culture and none are more funny about an incident 20 years ago interstate.
"The late Mack Baker took our reserve grade 1996 premiership to New Zealand on an end of season footy trip,” Daly said.
"We went to Auckland Zoo and Gus Stedman was throwing pebbles at a gorilla because he wanted its attention.
"All of a sudden the gorilla picked up poo off the ground and started throwing it at Gus and Mack.
"We were in absolute laughter and it's the funniest thing I've seen.”
50th YEAR CELEBRATIONS
When: Saturday, April 29
Where: Gladstone Events Centre
Black Tie Gala Dinner
Tickets: $125 per person or $1200 for table of 10
Available at: trybooking.com/253208