SCHOOLBOY REF & INTERESTED PERSONS MEETING
Paddy Byrne will be holding a meeting on Tuesday 4th June at 7.30pm at Wingham Park for all Schoolboy refs and interested persons.
Cecil Mountford MBE is argueably the finest player the local game has produced. A brilliant stand off for Blackball and West Coast, Ces had his Kiwi chances sidelined by WW2 (1939/45). In 1946, aged 26 he accepted a contract to play for Wigan in the UK and added to his established reputation by starring in the tough professional game as a player and coach with Wigan and Warrington.
His speed and all round brilliance saw him dubbed 'the Blackball Bullet’. He won player of the match in the 1951 Challenge Cup final at Wembly. Acclaimed international writer Englishman Geoffrey Moorhouse wrote ‘Ces Mountford was, quite simply, the greatest stand-off'.
Ces later returned to NZ and was the Kiwis coach 1979/1982. A 'Legend of League' and a NZ Sports Hall of Famer, Ces retired to Queensland where he died in July 2009 at the age of 90 years.
The WCRL introduced the Ces Mountford Memorial Medal for player of the match in the local grand final and the inaugural winner in 2010 was Runanga's Layne Green, followed in 2011 by another Runanga player, Luke Hughes.