Catching up with Graeme Priest on the Coast

Dennis Tomsett, Lance Henry and Lyndon Scotts recently visited Graeme Priest at his home in Tumbi Umbi.

Graeme is living with Parkinson’s Disease, Cancer and Epilepsy. Graeme was in good spirits and shared some of his experiences in rugby league as well as his career in the NSW Police Force.

Graeme played rugby league but was mostly involved in refereeing. Whilst living in Taree, he officiated games in the Group 3 competition, as well as refereeing games in the Penrith area for approximately 16 years and was subsequently awarded Life Membership of the Penrith Referees Association.

A move to the Central Coast saw Graeme involve himself in the Central Coast Referees Association and he officiated games on the Coast. He is still a member of the Central Coast Referees Association and was the Coaching Match Officials until recently.

Due to his health, he is unable to continue in the game’s officiating roles within the Association, but still retains his membership. Graeme is very passionate about being involved with the Referees Association.

In his time away from footy, Graeme is now dedicated to growing and showing orchards. We presented him with a shirt and cap which he very much appreciated. The Men of League Foundation Central Coast Committee were really grateful to spend time with Graeme and his wife Christina and look forward to seeing them again soon.

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