Gloucester Sports Committee has more Local Legend nominees

Keith Tull was inducted into the Group Three Rugby League hall of fame in 2019.

Keith Tull was inducted into the Group Three Rugby League hall of fame in 2019.

As the Gloucester Sports Committee prepared for its annual annual presentation night on Saturday May 8, let's meet a few more nominated Local Legends.

Keith Tull - Rugby League

Before coming home to Gloucester, Keith played in the Maher Cup as Captain Coach for Cootamundra. He captained Riverina against a touring English side and also played in the Country Firsts team.

In 1947, Keith was one of the first to play for Parramatta in its inaugural season of first grade in the then NSWRFL. He played four games, scoring two tries and kicking two goals and was always proud to be the 19th player to pull on that blue and gold jersey. At the Paramatta Rugby League Club's 60th anniversary celebrations in 2007, he was issued with unique player number 19.

Keith's arrival in Gloucester as Captain Coach in 1951 enabled the Gloucester Magpies to enter the Group 18 competition. He played for seven years, missing only one game, leading the Magpies to win the Group 18 premiership in 1954 and 1957 and gaining the respect and admiration of the team's young players along the way.

Keith retired in 1957 after that second grand final win, leaving the club in such a strong position that the Magpies went on to win in 1958, 1959 and 1960 to make it four in a row.

Following his retirement from the game, Keith remained in town and continued to work with his six brothers in the butchery business.

Keith was inducted into the Group 3 Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2019. A well-deserved accolade.

John Relf in 1960 before a rugby league match.

John Relf in 1960 before a rugby league match.

John Relf - Cricket and rugby league

John was a member of the A-grade team which were premiers of the Group 18 competition in 1954, 1957 - 1960 and 1963. He was selected for Group trials in 1957 and 1958.

He was also a member of the A-grade premier team for Group 3 in 1964, 1965 and 1966. This team was unfortunate to be beaten in the grand final in 1967.

John was only a small man, playing as a forward at only 80 kiolgrams. However, he was as tough as they come for his size. He was a real stirrer, who could change the game to his liking by 'unusual' methods, both to his own team and the opposition, but these always were in Gloucester's favour.

John was involved in a number of sports during his life. He played hockey in the Manning Valley competition where he won a B-grade premiership. He also played A-grade tennis for many years as well as A-grade cricket for Stratford for 30 years where he won many titles.

He was responsible for much of the success of junior cricket in Gloucester.

Bruce Moore

Bruce Moore

Bruce Moore - Cricket

Bruce started his cricket career at the age of 16 years in 1946. He played with Barrington in the local competition. This was a very good team which included Joe Moore, Ted Higgins, Bill Clarke, Doug Shaw, John Testerelli, Bill and Charlie Merchant, Don Sinderberry and Kevin Everett as well as Bruce himself.

Other teams in the competition included Stratford with the Tulls and Isaacs, Tugrabakh with the Middlebrooks, Smits, Milton and Cliff Fraser and Gloucester with the Atkins boys and the Allans.

The Pipers Flat team included Neville (Doughy) Gam, Gordon Gam, Cliff and Harry Laurie, Joe Bignell, Bill Laurie, Tom and Geoff Moore, Ollie Rinkin, Ken Rumble and Kevin Stone.

Markwell then joined the competition with a very good team which included the Barry boys and a very good 18-year-old fast bowler, Terry Grichail.

Bruce represented against Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton, Taree and Muswellbrook playing against big names such as Doug Walters and John Martin who went on to play for Australia.

Bruce was a medium fast bowler who could swing the ball both ways and nothing wide of the wicket. If you missed the ball, your wicket was down.

Bruce was a very good sportsman who always played in good spirit. He loved his cricket and the friendships made through the game meant a great deal to him.

At the end of his career Bruce played a very big part in Nowendoc's great team in the Gloucester competition.