Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Frenchville Head, Cricket Leader Has Long Sport Ties; Brady Family Involvement in Rockhampton's Evolving Sporting Scene Runs Parallel with Growth of Whole Development throughout Region

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Frenchville Head, Cricket Leader Has Long Sport Ties; Brady Family Involvement in Rockhampton's Evolving Sporting Scene Runs Parallel with Growth of Whole Development throughout Region

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

WHEN sport is mentioned in the Rockhampton area there is one name that will always come to mind and that is the Brady family.

These days Graeme Brady is the head of the ambitious Frenchville Sports Club and president of Rockhampton Cricket, but the family involvement has far deeper roots than that.

Frank "Breeze" Brady, Graeme's father, was one of the influential characters who left their mark on sport in the area, but even he was not the first of the Brady clan to do his bit to assist in sport as Charlie Brady, Frank's father, could be found each week at Browne Park where he was a timekeeper.

Perhaps it was that association with rugby league that took Frank into that sport as he enjoyed his playing days as a forward with Leichhardt and then Norths.

However, it was not at that period of his life that Frank made his greatest impact. Once away from the park, he became immersed in the administration of sport.

Neville Coombs's chosen sport was association football (soccer) and he met Frank, who was the representative of Frenchville at junior meetings.

"In the mid-1950s soccer was started at schoolboy level," he said.

Neville was one of a group, which included his brothers and Michael Lapthorn and Bernie Lowe from the Railway Rec club, who pedalled to Pilbeam Park to discuss with Nerimbera committee members John Forest, Bill Rowland and Errol Stock the possibility of organising a junior competition.

"It went from nothing to six or eight teams in the first year," he said.

Among the clubs at that time were Magpies, Rec, Frenchville and the Waratahs from Depot Hill.

Not that the standard was terrific in those early years.

"It was kick and chase, there was no such thing as possession," Neville said.

"You only got a loan of the ball if you could kick it."

Once up and running Neville eventually became a part of administration and met with Frank, who was representing the Frenchville club, at meetings regularly.

"Because of his nature he fitted in perfectly," he said.

"He was admired by everybody.

"We were drawn together by his dedication."

Frank was a part of the committee which was headed by president Ossie Hickson and whose secretary was Ivan Cunningham.

Another committee man was an Englishman named Bill Harbin, whose son John went on to a professional career in sport and is currently with English club Queens Park Rangers in charge of fitness training.

There were also a number of characters playing the sport in Rockhampton. One was Neville Janes, the father of current Capricorn Coast coach Shaun.

"He came in through Nerimbera, and also played at Mount Morgan and had a season at (Railways) Rec," Neville recalled.

Neville Janes's father Charlie had also been a keen football player. …

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