Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Finals Time and Fond Farewell to Bartletts

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Finals Time and Fond Farewell to Bartletts

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Rugby league

with Mike Ireland

WITH the elimination of Isis from the Bundaberg Rugby League premiership last Saturday, it also sadly brings the retirement of club stalwarts Glen and Lynley Bartlett.

My association with the Bartletts and the Isis Football Club started in 1993, when they would do numerous jobs, including washing football jumpers, gate keeper, cooking (at home games), time-keeper, and sell raffle tickets and doubles to name just a few.

But the most important job I feel Glen or C[pounds sterling]Uncle ArthurC[yen], as he has been known for a long time, did was financial director of the club.

It was easier to get blood out of a stone than it was to get money out of Glen, but one thing I will say, if the club owed the money, he was the first there with the cheque.

I will never forget the day when Glen, the late Chris Woods and I went to the QRL to state our case why we should be allowed into the BRL competition. We were three boys from the bush dressed in jeans, nervous before the full board of the QRL, but the rest is history.

Glen and Lynley, on behalf of all the BRL, congratulations on the wonderful work you both have done for Isis, but more importantly rugby league.

Our great game was displayed at the highest standard on Sunday when the Sugar Cities Junior grand finals were held at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.

In performances encompassing great skill, team-work and most of all good sportsmanship, a huge crowd of supporters and spectators witnessed four games that for those present will remain etched in their memories for some time.

The results were never certain until the end in all games, as teams kept finding that bit of extra grit in true grand final style.

Congratulations to all the teams that were involved, especially Hervey Bay, which won all three matches it contested, under-16, 15 and 14, while Easts were victorious in under-12.

Bundaberg Rugby League enters the second week of its semi-finals this Saturday, with Hervey Bay Seagulls to play Wests in the A-grade minor semi and minor premiers Brothers to play Eastern Suburbs to determine who will be first into the grand final on September 4. …

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