Congratulations to Norm Strong for being awarded the Order of Australia Medal (Wyong Regional Chronicle edition 157).
Norm played 210 First Grade games for Norths (Rugby League) and scored 10 tries.
As a young boy in 1950, I would go to North Sydney Oval to watch Norths play.
Cost of entry was 1 shilling (now 10 cents).
Over the next few years I had a schoolboy’s free pass to the oval.
We knew, as supporters of Norths, that even if they did not win the game, Norm would win the scrums, as very few hookers ever beat Norm in the scrums.
In 1961, Norm won the Most Popular Hooker Award, donated by property magnate, LJ Hooker.
Norm should have been selected to play for NSW and Australia.
As most League followers said, he was the best Hooker in NSW, but he was always overlooked for selection.
Nothing has changed.
During the last 69 years, Ken Irvine, has been overlooked for selection as an Immortal since 1981.
Ken played for Australia 101 times and scored 90 tries.
During his career, Ken scored 380 tries in 381 games, yet so called judges have left him out.
Ken has held the club try scoring record for 50 years.
It should be noted that not one of the Immortals have played 100 games for Australia.
Letter, Feb 26
Vic Wulf, Gosford