Gundagai Tigers Family 2019 Season Launch
Saturday 23rd March 2019
6pm Start @ Gundagai RSL Club
80s Theme Karaoke
Eric 'Bluey' Freestone
St George, 1929-32, 49 games.
NSW rep (1928).
"The Game of Rugby League"
Sean Fagan of RL1908.com
Rugby league football was first played in Australia in 1908, after working-class rugby union players, dissatisfied with the restrictive old English game, struck out and forged the young nation's first professional football code.
Within barely three seasons, the 13-man form of rugby became the favourite winter sport of NSW and Queensland – a position rugby league continues to hold today.
For a century the clubs have been the heart-and-soul of the game, with tribal loyalties feeding the veracious rivalries that drive the footballers and fans alike into their weekend winter battles. Winning the season's premiership is all that matters.
Rugby league footballers have traditionally enthralled spectators with a combination of raw bone-breaking toughness, together with exhilarating movement of the ball from man-to-man.
Unlike in most other sports, rugby league footballers are given free reign on the field to make the game their own in the pursuit of victory, whether via individual moments of brilliance, or in combination with their team mates.
Like the gladiators of ancient Rome, those that succeed are glorified as legends for evermore.