Sea Eagles great passes away
THE Northern Rivers has lost a beloved rugby league stalwart in former Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles great, Harry Grew.
Grew, 90, died peacefully at Caroona Nursing Home, Goonellabah, on Tuesday night.
The former prop had a successful rugby league career in Sydney and played for Manly-Warringah in its first season, 1947.
Grew moved to the Northern Rivers where he began working for Country Railways.
He continued playing and coaching rugby league in the Richmond River competition, and was a Country Rugby League selector for 20 years.
Grew is best known locally from his days with good mate Barry Davidson on local radio sport commentary.
The pair made history in June 1971 when Grew was part of the first broadcast of Group One rugby league on 2LM.
“I was approached to do the 2LM radio call and was asked if I could think of anyone who would make a good commentary partner,” Mr Davidson said yesterday.
“Straight away I said Harry.
“He had a passion and love for the game that I thought would clearly come across during commentary – and it did for years to come.
“Our first night on the call was at Oakes Oval in Lismore. We were lucky because we had just finished the call when a severe hailstorm came through.
“Had that wiped us out and the call not been a success, who knows if the coverage would have continued.”
Davidson described Grew as a good bloke who never bagged anyone and was a pleasure to be around.
Grew’s funeral will be held at St Andrews Anglican Church in Lismore at 10.30am today.