Media Release 9th October 2014
MAL COCHRANE TO JOIN FOOTBALL CLUB BOARD
Chairman of the Manly-Warringah Rugby League Football Club, Bob Stevenson has announced the appointment of highly respected former Sea Eagles player and long-standing NRL Judiciary member, Mal Cochrane to the Board following the resignation of Rory Muscat due to the pressure of work and family commitments.
“The Board is thrilled to be joined by someone of Mal Cochrane’s calibre and standing on the Board representing the Football Club Members”, Mr Stevenson said.
“In his time as a player for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Mal Cochrane achieved what many players only dream of – a Premiership (1987) and winner of the prestigious best and fairest award in 1986 - the Rothman’s Medal”.
“He was also named Dally M Hooker of the Year two years running in 1986 & 87 and served as Captain of the Sea Eagles on many occasions.”
Mal Cochrane said he was looking forward to serving the Club and Rugby League in a new capacity.
“Manly is a great Club with a long and distinguished history, and I’m proud to have this opportunity to represent Members on the Football Club Board,” Mr Cochrane said.
“The Football Club has a special place in the current Sea Eagles family. Although the Club is privately owned, the Football Club still holds the Preference Share which determines where the team plays, its colours and logo and has two representatives on the Sea Eagles Board.”
“I look forward to making any contribution I can”, Mr Cochrane said.
Born in Taree, Mal Cochrane was an all-round sportsman, representing his state in rugby league, cricket and hockey at the schoolboy level.
In 1979 he was a member of the Australian Schoolboys team which toured Great Britain and France. He scored twelve tries and seven goals and was rated the best forward of the tour. Following this tour Mal was recruited to the northern beaches by Sea Eagles supremo Ken Arthurson. He made his first grade debut in 1983, playing 115 first grade games over eight seasons for the Sea Eagles which would have been more had it not been for a series of injuries in his last three years with the Club.
In the course of his career he played alongside many other Sea Eagles legends like Graham Eadie. Paul Vautin, Cliff Lyons and Phil Blake.
In 1996 he coached the Australian Aboriginal Rugby League team tour of Great Britain and in 2008 was named as Hooker in the Indigenous Team of the Century.
Mal Cochrane served as a Police Officer for approximately 18 years before joining the Public Service Association. Up until recently Mal has been a long-standing member of the NRL Judiciary and served for several years as a board member of the PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Clubs).
Mal Cochrane will join fellow former players Cliff Lyons and Darrell Williams on the Board along with Chair Bob Stevenson, Deputy Chair, Bob Reilly, Chris Jones and Company Secretary Julie Sibraa.
9 October 2014