by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Coasting : Issue 13 July 2010
23 www.coastingtoday.com.au FIERCE RIVALS: Woy Woy and Toukley players go at it at Woy Woy Oval in 1989. Kevin Hastings (right) holds on, while Jeremy Cusack (centre) does his best. • Jeremy Cusack began his rugby league career in Narromine, and was selected in the North Coast representative team. • On the invitation of Bill Monie, he left the small country town to join the Parramatta Eels where he played lower grades (behind the Eels' champion first grade backline). • Cusack's work as a publican brought him to the Woy Woy Hotel, and then to the Woy Woy Roosters in 1985. • He was selected to play for Central Coast and NSW Country in his first year at the Roosters. • The NSW Country team played Cronulla-Suth- erland in a televised National Panasonic Cup match played at Scully Park, Tamworth. • Cusack is friends with the former Great Britain and Penrith hooker and captain Mike Stephen- son. That friendship helped Cusack to play for Bradford Northern and Barrow, in England. • Cusack returned for a final season with Woy Woy in 1991, when the Roosters lost the grand final to Erina. "That was enough for me," he said. "I'd had a good time." A Country kid GOOD OLD DAYS: Jeremy Cusack reflects on what it was like to be one of the Woy Woy players that Toukley loved to hate. Picture by Aaron Brown. COASTING HISTORY game plan for a specific opposition makes Brown the "smartest and best coach" Cusack played under. "Ray would also get to the ground early to watch the under 18s play. He had a great football brain, and he would bring players through." QUALITY: Former player and coach Steve McKenzie was named in Woy Woy's team of the century. Learning from the best The quality of the coaching staff at Woy Woy during the 1980s and 1990s played a major role in the club's success, Cusack said. Coaches such as Steve McKenzie, Kevin Hastings, Ray Brown and, later, John Muggleton, not only ensured that the Roosters had a formidable brains trust, but player-pulling power, too. "Kevin Hastings was very fit," Cusack said. "And very unlucky..." Having set records for playing the most consecutive games for Eastern Suburbs in the toughest league of all, the durable Hastings suffered broken arms in each of his two seasons at the helm of Woy Woy. "Horrie never got the chance to show his full potential here," Cusack said. Cusack praised his first senior grade coach at Narromine, the former Penrith prop Ross Cale, but said Ray Brown was the top coach that he played under. The former Western Suburbs and Manly international's ability to hatch a winning Yummy Court WHAT'S ON Tues ----------------- NPL Poker from 6pm Wed ----------------- Trivia from 7pm Thurs ---------------- King Karaoke 7pm MEGA RAFFLES Friday --------------- 6.30pm Sunday ------------- 6.00pm NEW BISTRO Fantastic Chinese with Great variety Saturday Night Kids Eat Free With every parent that purchases a main meal, a child (under 12) eats free from the kids menu. $7 LUNCHES 7 DAYS WOY WOY LEAGUES CLUB | (02) 4342 3366| Blackwall Rd, Woy Woy | www.woywoyleagues.com.au FREE ENTERTAINMENT IN THE LOUNGE Every Friday & Saturday night c8750896-1Jul Membership now only $2.20 Courtesy Bus - Wed to Sun
Issue 12 June 2010
Issue 14 August 2010