NRL dolls prove a popular novelty
By STEVE SPINKS
CASINO'S Nancy Moran is a fanatical Parramatta rugby league fan.
So much so, that her obsession for the Eels has translated into a collection of 18 dolls and a small business.
Mrs Moran started supporting Parramatta when they first came into the competition in 1947.
"They ran last for the first couple of years, so I felt sorry for them," she explained.
Her love for Parramatta has grown into a love of rugby league, to the extent that she and husband Bob travelled down to Sydney for a State Of Origin game last year.
However, it was on a trip to Brisbane that her doll collection and small business started up.
"It was about 12 months ago," Mrs Moran said.
"I found these dolls with my daughter-in-law and thought they would make good bingo prizes for the golf club."
When Mrs Moran got the dolls home she liked them so much she decided to keep them.
Then, for a bit of fun, the Casino Saleyards canteen owner decided she would dress one up in home-made Parramatta gear.
After admiring her own handiwork, Mrs Moran then decided to make a whole set of National Rugby League club, Australian, Queensland and NSW representative dolls.
"I took a few along to bingo and now I can't keep up with the orders," she said.
Customers vary from young to old, male and female.
Mrs Moran has even started buying male dolls because of popular demand.
"Now that I'm doing boy dolls, I said to my husband Bob that I'd have to do a set of them to go with the girls," Mrs Moran chuckled.
"But Bob said 'Don't even go there'.
"He doesn't think we have the room."