Former NRL player Danny Lee and William Brown, from the Under-7s Marist Brothers team, will celebrate the club’s 100th birthday in June.
Former NRL player Danny Lee and William Brown, from the Under-7s Marist Brothers team, will celebrate the club’s 100th birthday in June. Contributed

Ramming home club celebration

FORMER Cronulla Sharks rugby league prop Danny Lee will never forget his days as a Marist Brothers junior.

Lee went on to play with the Sharks for a decade before returning to coach junior teams at the Brothers.

The 47-year-old will be one of several stalwarts to attend the 100-year anniversary of the Rams on the June long weekend.

Lee was part of the 1987 premiership-winning side that was coached by Denis Meaney.

The Rams won the Clayton Cup that year which is awarded by the NSW Country Rugby League to the country team with the best overall record for the season.

"It's a big year for the club and there is a good long history there," Lee said.

"I've got three boys playing juniors and I watch the seniors whenever I can.

"It will be good to catch up with some old teammates in June."

The Rams will play the Ballina Seagulls for the Denis Meaney Shield on the Friday night of the June long weekend, with a race day on Saturday and a dinner hosted by Dave Walters on Sunday night.

"The weekend will celebrate the many years of rugby league in the Lismore area," club spokesman Denis Dardengo said.

"The centenary marks a proud history of reputable teams, loyal followers and dedicated players and officials.

"We're calling all players and supporters for memorabilia for the dinner and any photographs for the centenary year book."

Coach Adam Mayes is under no illusions that the 100-year anniversary will automatically bring on-field success.

"It's a significant milestone for the club but it doesn't change the fact that we have to prepare like we would for any other season," Mayes said.

"We've had a good pre-season and hopefully that will translate into good results."

Orders for the centenary polo shirt must be paid for by next weekend.

Tickets to the dinner and shirt orders can be made at http://www.maristbrothersrams.com.au.

Additionally, tickets for the dinner can purchased from any home game and from the Lismore branch of the Bank of Queensland.

Past players at the club that have gone on to success in the NRL include Matt King, David Mead, Ian Donnelly, Tony Durheim and James Aubusson.



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