Grew up in league
SOUTH Lismore's Harry Grew is from a different time.
He was a NSW Country rugby league selector when the Country team was actually chosen from footballers playing with Country clubs.
It was a time when playing for Country was a legitimate way of earning selection for NSW or Australia.
Not like tomorrow night's match at Oakes Oval, Lismore, where Sydney-based players take on Sydney-based players, with most of the NSW State of Origin squad already selected.
Grew was in the position for 20 years, finishing up in the 1980s.
He came to the selectors position after playing football in Sydney with Norths, Wests and Manly.
He was a member of the first Manly side to enter the NSW rugby league competition.
A boilermaker by trade, Grew was working in the railway workshops in Sydney before transferring to Casino.
He was later transferred to Newcastle and Taree before he took over as the manager of the Lismore Memorial Baths, a position he held for 28 years.
He played league with South Lismore and later coached North Lismore and he became a president of the Group One competition.
Grew was also a 2LM radio commentator along with Barry Davidson.