Magpie Marshall named NRRRL president of the year

TONY Marshall is one of the most reserved, humble blokes you would ever meet.

The Lower Clarence Magpies president is not big on public speaking, and keeps most speeches to a minimum. Nor is he a fan of talking himself up or gloating.

You can imagine the surprise when word finally trickled down from Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League management that Marshall was named President of the Year at their awards night late last week.

NRRRL president Brian Rix spilled the beans yesterday, and paid tribute to not only Marshall but the whole Lower Clarence club.

"At the awards night, he said there were two things he wouldn't do: sell raffle tickets and speak in public. Then he left," Rix said.

"What Tony's done is incredible.

"He and the committee have kept the club financially viable after their considerable debt, and they've maintained teams in all three grades despite first grade not winning any games.

"Tony must have a lot of respect at the club.

"At the start of the year he said all he wanted to do was pay off the debt and maintain teams, and that's what he did."

Magpies prop Steve Austine was surprised to learn of Marshall's win.

"This is the first I've heard of it," he said yesterday.

"To win that when the side didn't win a game ... it's great to see people can see the amount of work he does.

"It's well deserved. Sheriff organises the raffles, he's there for the players, and he's acted as trainer and assistant coach."

The Magpies feature in this year's domestic violence campaign again and their involvement is down to Marshall's efforts.

The Daily Examiner tried to contact Marshall, but he didn't return calls.



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