GROUP Three Rugby Three added to squad

GROUP Three Rugby League selectors have added three players to the representative squad to meet Group 14 next month at Moree.

They are Taree City's Tim Alliston, Matt Bridge from Wingham and Wauchope's Adam McMurray.

This follows the withdrawal of Forster-Tuncurry's Dean Basham and Sam McCartney and Rob Trembath from Wauchope last week.

A squad of 21 has been named and players will train tonight at the Harry Elliott Oval at Tuncurry from 6.30.

There will be two matches played on Sunday in this weekend's round when Wingham hosts Wauchope while Old Bar takcs on Forster-Tuncurry at the Harry Elliott Oval.

Port City and Port Macquarie meet for the first time on Saturday while Taree has the bye in first grade but will play Camden Haven in minor grades at Laurieton.

Meanwhile Group secretary Barrie Smith is buoyed by the early response to the hall of fame to be launched in November.

As reported previously in the Times, Group Three will induct four members into the hall of fame at a function to be held at Wingham Services Club on November 19. This will be run in conjunction with the Mid North Coast Men of League.

Under the plan there will be two more inductees added to the hall of fame each year.

The hall of fame will be open to former players and officials from Manning League and Group 18 clubs (up to 1965); Group Three clubs from 1952 (including Hastings clubs from 1952 to 1965 but excluding Macleay clubs from 1952 to 1965).

This will cover the various boundary changes to have taken place since the end of World War II. Nominees will be judged on their performances with clubs in this area and not on what they achieved before or after. All must have played first grade with a local club. The group wants potential inductees to be nominated by clubs or the general public.

"So far I've received two top class nominations,'' Mr Smith said.

While not willing to reveal the nominees, Mr Smith said one was a prominent player and coach from the 1950s who maintained his association with the game until the late 1970s. The other is a player and coach from the 1960s and 70s who also had a long career in administration. Clubs or individuals have until 5pm Sunday September 18 to submit nominations.

The final decision on the inaugural inductees will be made by a committee to be selected by the group management.

However, Mr Smith said those who miss out on the original induction will remain in contention for future years provided they pass the necessary criteria. Group Three's major sponsor, the Wingham Services Club, will be the base for the hall of fame and plaques outlining the inductees' achievements will be housed there.

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