Brad Martin – A True Eagle Full of Fight

Image: L-R Norm Pounder, Brad Martin, Joel Martin, Ken Vessey

Northern Sydney Wellbeing Officers Norm Pounder and Ken Vessey recently visited Brad Martin, Men of League Foundation member no. 18547, who was recovering at home from recent surgery for prostate cancer.

Our volunteers also had the pleasure to meet Brad’s partner Sue and his son Joel, who plays in the front row for the Belrose Eagles RLF Club A Grade team.

Brad has lived in the Frenchs Forest area of Sydney all his life and commenced his rugby league career with the Beacon Hill Bears JRLF Club, where he played as a lock forward for many years in all grades from under 8s through to A Grade before transferring to the powerful Belrose Eagles RLF Club.

Since joining the Belrose Eagles, he has coached teams from the under 9s through to under 15s before being a Club Director for 6 years.

As a teenager, he was selected in the Manly Warringah DRLF Club junior representative teams in the SG Ball, 1985 Jersey Flegg (lost final in last minutes to Parramatta) and the 1986/7 President Cup.

It was in the President Cup teams that he was first introduced to Norm Pounder, who was a Selector of the team. After the President Cup he was selected to play in the Under 23s team with Manly Warringah DRLF Club but unfortunately a badly damaged shoulder restricted his playing opportunities and eventually he retired from the game, ending a promising playing career.

The volunteers presented Brad with a Men of League Foundation polo shirt and cap and wished him well in his full recovery from his operation and  thanked his partner Sue for a wonderful afternoon tea.

Brad was most appreciative for the visit and he offered his future assistance in completing any of our activities and wished the Men of League Foundation continuing success in the future.

by Ken Vessey
Wellbeing Coordinator Northern Sydney Committee

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