MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN, BOB REILLY
On behalf of the Board of the Manly-Warringah Rugby League Football Club, I would like to wish all
Football Club Members a Happy New Year.
Rupert Hudson OAM
As we have all just celebrated Australia Day, I would like to congratulate, Rupert Hudson – a Life
Member and former Chairman of our Club – for having been awarded the Medal of the Order of
Australia in the General Division (OAM) for services to the community and to Rugby League.
“Reub” devoted many years in the service of our great Club in a variety of roles including player,
coach, Football Club Board Member and Chairman. I’m sure all members would agree that he
certainly deserves the honour.
Membership Renewals
Thanks to all the loyal members who have renewed their membership. For all those who have not
yet been able to renew and wish to do so, you still have time. You can renew via this website, or by
posting a cheque or money order made out to the Manly-Warringah Rugby League Football Club to
PO Box 239, Dee Why 2099. If you wish to renew by credit card over the phone, leave a message on
our 1300197273 and we will return your call and process the details.
The first batch of membership cards will be processed shortly and sent to you in the mail.
Membership Funds and Donations
As you all know, our Football Club has a long and distinguished history, dating back to its formation
in 1947. The current Board is mindful of its role as the custodian of this proud heritage and will
always act in the best interests of the members and the team we all support, the Manly-Warringah
Sea Eagles.
You will find the full list of the goals of the Football Club on this website, but one of those goals,
along with protecting the Football Club’s rights under the Preference Share and upholding its history
and traditions, is that the Football Club will continue to use surplus funds to acquire further equity
(shares) in the Sea Eagles as required under the Football Club's Constitution.
That is to say, your membership funds will be used to ensure the Football Club maintains its
historical stake in the Sea Eagles and is making a financial contribution to the team. All fundraising
efforts in 2014 will be directed to this goal.
Along with many other improvements we hope to make, the Football Club website now provides
members and supporters an opportunity to make donations to the Club that can be used to
purchase shares in the Sea Eagles.
Like you, I can’t wait for the 2014 Season to start where we hope Geoff Toovey and the team can go
one better than their magnificent effort last year.
GO MANLY!

 

MEDIA STATEMENT

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