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John Reddy picked up a unique rugby league hat trick last night when he was named as five eighth, captain and coach of the Sunshine Coast Team of the Century.
All 17 players who were recognised as the best to play on the Coast since the game began received their commemorative jerseys at a special function at the Mooloolaba Surf Club.
Reddy’s achievements in the Coast competition are yet to be surpassed, three decades on from when he was playing.
He captain coached Nambour club All Whites to five premierships, including an undefeated title in 1969 the last prior to Noosa last year and returned to coach Caloundra to two more grand final victories in the early 1980s.
He also coached Sunshine Coast to two 47th Battalion Trophy wins.
“I’d love to be able to play with this side,” Reddy said of the honorary team which included footballers from the 1960s through to today.
“I played with a lot of these guys and a lot of them were opponents. They were all very good footballers.”
The sole Australian representative in the squad was fullback Ray Laird, who played against Great Britain in 1970 and for Queensland between 1963 and 1970.
Sunshine Coast Gympie Rugby League chairman Ashley Robinson admitted it had been difficult for the judging panel to consider the merits of players from widely different eras of the game locally.
Under the judging criteria, only players who had been part of the SCGRL first grade competition for two years, and had played a representative game for the Falcons, were eligible.
“Some great players have missed out but all the judges think we’ve come up with a fantastic side,” Robinson said.
One of the biggest debating points was over who should get the No.7 jersey with Nambour Crusher James Ward eventually getting the nod ahead of Queensland representative from the 1970s, Lee Hutchinson, and Noosa’s two time premiership winning captain coach Noel Goldthorpe.
Ward retired from the Crushers’ top grade side with in a victory in his last game the 2003 grand final whitewash of the Pirates.
He had played 21 consecutive years of first grade, winning four premierships three with the Crushers and one with Kawana.
“To be shortlisted was an absolute honour,” Ward said.
The winner of the Daily’s competition to select the Team of the Century was Merv Suares of Cooroy. He came closest to choosing the starting 13 players and coach, correctly naming 11. Sunshine Coast Newspaper Company Pty Ltd 2017.
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