League greats Coote, Meninga coming to Ballina

RUGBY league legends Ron Coote and Mal Meninga will be guest speakers when the Men of League Foundation holds a charity dinner at the Ballina Bowling Club on Saturday, July 26.

Coote, the former South Sydney and Eastern Suburbs great, and Meninga, now Queensland State of Origin coach, this year were named in the ARL's Team of the Century.

The Men of League Foundation supports colleagues in dire need and other organisations and charities.

Ballina Junior Rugby League will benefit from the weekend, with the club raising money to build a seminar room at the Kingsford Smith Park clubhouse for the use of all junior sporting groups in the town.

Coote, a founder of Men of League, played 148 games for Souths and 109 for Easts (now Sydney Roosters).

He figured in nine grand finals and won premierships with Souths (1967-68-70-71) and with Easts (1974-75).

Coote toured with the Kangaroos and played in three World Cups.

Meninga was a Kangaroo tourist four times from 1982 to 1994. He has played most Tests for Australia (45) and most State of Origin games for Queensland (42).

He captained Canberra to three grand final wins (1989-90-94).

The charity dinner, to be compered by Paradise FM's Jenny Ellenbroek, will start at 6.30pm for 7pm and include a fundraising auction.

Tickets cost $75, which includes a two-course meal, wine, beer and soft drinks.

Contact the bowling club on 66862811 for tickets.

The dinner will be held after a Men of League bowls day. Players must be registered bowlers.

Contact Dac Cameron 0434-920479 or the club for more information. The cost is $15 per player.

Men of League inquiries to Bob Abbott on 66879025 or 0418-232147.

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