Through the Eyes of Ron Coote – Most Popular Moment Announced at 2017 Gala Dinner
Men of League Foundation has celebrated their 15 years of caring for the men, women and children of the rugby league community with their 2017 Gala Dinner at Hyatt Regency Sydney. The night showcased the Foundation’s charity work with the rugby league community and paid tribute to co-founder and Honorary President Ron Coote AM for his work in the Foundation over the past 15 years.
The theme for the evening was celebrating 15 years of rugby league Through the Eyes of Ron Coote. This saw an iconic rugby league moment from 2002 until 2016 selected by the rugby league stalwart. A public vote was conducted and the most popular moment was announced on the night as the 2015 National Rugby League All Queensland Grand Final.
Ron Coote made the announcement to the 600 guests at the dinner this evening. “It was difficult to narrow down 15 iconic events since 2002 with many great on-field moments and significant off-field changes in that time. Each moment in itself is an important moment not just for our past 15 years but also across our rugby league history.
“It was difficult for me to narrow it down to just 15 moments so I can imagine how hard it was for the rugby league public to pick their favourite one. The 2015 NRL Grand Final will be a game that will be talked about for many years, not just because it was the game’s first all Queensland Grand Final.
“The North Queensland Cowboys maiden premiership was also the NRL’s first golden point Grand Final and helped seal the status of one of the greatest players of all-time, Johnathan Thurston.
“With votes for our poll coming in from around Australia, this game clearly was seared into the memories of not just fans of the Brisbane Broncos and Cowboys, but for fans of the game itself.
“It’s been exciting to watch the results come in and I’m sure this will spark debate in rugby league households. I’d like to thank everyone for voting and taking part in our celebration of 15 years of caring for the men, women and children of the rugby league community,” Ron Coote concluded.