LOWER LEGENDS: The Lower Legends team announced at the 100 Years of Rugby League on the Lower Clarence Reunion at Maclean Bowling Club on Saturday night (from back left): Steve O’Sullivan, Wayne McCarron, Greg Randall (Dale Randall), John Gahan, Gary Want, Garry Chapman, Ryan Binge, Bill McCarron; (front) Ken ‘Foxy’ Laurie and Michael Laurie (Raymond Laurie), Steven Laurie, Dick Ensby, John Brown, Bernie Plater, Jimmy Hooper. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
LOWER LEGENDS: The Lower Legends team announced at the 100 Years of Rugby League on the Lower Clarence Reunion at Maclean Bowling Club on Saturday night (from back left): Steve O’Sullivan, Wayne McCarron, Greg Randall (Dale Randall), John Gahan, Gary Want, Garry Chapman, Ryan Binge, Bill McCarron; (front) Ken ‘Foxy’ Laurie and Michael Laurie (Raymond Laurie), Steven Laurie, Dick Ensby, John Brown, Bernie Plater, Jimmy Hooper. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Lower Legends team unveiled at Magpies reunion dinner

LIVING legends joined iconic names such as Raymond Laurie in a formidable list of 17 players named as the Lower Legends at the 100 Years of Rugby League in the Lower Clarence Reunion Dinner held at Maclean Bowling Club on Saturday night.

Top 17 players for Lower Clarence since 1952:

Raymond Laurie: Widely rated best Aboriginal to play on the North Coast, played for Balmain in 1952.

Dick Ensby: Great centre. Represented North Coast against English touring team in 1973.

Garry Chapman: Group 1 leading try scorer six times between 1977 and 1986.

Steven Laurie: Youngest son of great Raymond Laurie, Group 1 Player of the Year in 1984.

Ryan Binge: Youngest player selected. Lower Clarence captain. One of the outstanding front-rowers currently on the North Coast.

Bill McCarron: Strong front-rower who came to coach and play for Lower in 1967.

John Gahan: Hard-running second-rower. Captain-coach in 1971-72.

Gary Want: Very tough forward. Played in 1971 grand final side.

Steve O'Sullivan: Classed by many as the best forward Lower has produced.

Jimmy Hooper: Captain-coach of 1965 premiership side. Brilliant tactician who played English Super league for St Helens and Wigan.

Peter Horne: Played for Manly in President's Cup aged 16 and Halifax in England. Coached Lower River to grand final wins in all three grades in 1962.

Wayne McCarron: Son of Bill McCarron. Could play any position. Played in 1984 premiership side and for Group One against St George in 1987.

Mark McIntyre: No nonsense front-rower. Rated number one prop in Group 1 for years.

Gary Tobin: Came from Wollongong to coach Lower Clarence in 1969. Fast, hard-running forward.

George Trudgett: Coached from 1987 to 89. Great dummy-half runner, strong defender. Represented NSW Country.

Dale Randall: Classy player. Represented Group 1, Group 2 and North Coast. Man of the match in 1965 grand final.

Bernie Plater: Great half of early 1970s. Played for North Sydney.

John Brown (coach): Coached Lower River for nine years including 1984 premiership side. As a player he represented the Australian Army team.



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