Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Volunteers Honoured; John Towells and Norm Crisp Honoured for Long BRL and Club Involvement

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Volunteers Honoured; John Towells and Norm Crisp Honoured for Long BRL and Club Involvement

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Gerard Walsh

Sports editor

RUGBY LEAGUE: A combined 80 years of involvement in the sport has been recognised with the bestowing of Border Rugby League life memberships on Norm Crisp and John Towells.

Crisp first played for the Stanthorpe Gremlins in four stone, seven pound (42kg) footy, and has just finished five successive years as Gremlins senior club president.

Towells started his rugby league involvement as a C-grade winger for Coffs Comets (NSW) and being on the committee for two years before moving to Killarney in 1987.

Why do you do it is the motherhood question to every life member?

"I just love rugby league," Crisp said.

For Towells, it is a case of keeping league going in the area and especially in a small community like Killarney.

The Stanthorpe club can claim a little of Towells as well.

He played with the Gremlins in the TRL in 1989-1990 and recalls one day he was at a game between the Gremlins and a Killarney team playing as Wattles C-grade.

"I came on at half-time to help out Stanthorpe and remember John Bradfield from Killarney hitting me hard with a tackle on my sore leg," Towells said.

Towells had no complaints with the tackle, teammates in club footy can become opponents in Origin and it is the same with country footy.

At age 17, Crisp played for Stanthorpe in the centres in under-18 and A-grade in 1973 and was five-eighth in Stanthorpe wins in the Warwick and District St George Cup in A-grade in 1974, 1978 and 1979.

He played lock and coached Stanthorpe reserve-grade in the Toowoomba Rugby League for two seasons in the late 1980s and was coach of A-grade on two occasions during the decade Stanthorpe played in Toowoomba.

In 1978 and 1979, he was club president and five-eighth in grand final winning seasons.

"Playing and being president was not an issue," he said.

"We had a lot of volunteers."

He won two club player of the year awards and represented Warwick and District at all levels and in two games as curtain-raisers at Lang Park to Australia/Great Britain Tests.

"We weren't the main curtain raiser," he added.

Fast forward to the Border Rugby League and he admits to one game at age 50 when his club was short which was a chance to play in the same team as halfback and son Brad Crisp. …

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