When the Gunnedah Junior Rugby League committee was thinking of ways to celebrate their 60th anniversary, they thought they’d revived something that hasn’t been seen in Gunnedah for some 30-odd years.
The hard work and preparation came together on Sunday as the 2018 GJRL 60th Anniversary Carnival was held.
The carnival not only celebrated the club but also gave kids a chance to get an extra large dose of game time which was another driving factor in bringing the carnival back.
Teams from Tamworth, Denman and Lightning Ridge – amongst others – travelled to Gunnedah for the successful carnival.
“It was an absolute raging success,” GJRL president Nick Wild said.
“It was certainly an eye-opener on what it takes to run a gala day and I take my hat off to anyone who organises them.
“Everyone involved got behind it and made it a smoothly run carnival.”
While Wild said there was a a number of people who came on board to help with the carnival, there was two people he had to make special mention of in regards to the amount of time and help they put in.
“I need to acknowledge two main committee members – Ashley Smith and Michael Scott.
“Those two stood out drove the process with sponsors and teams. It was a fantastic effort.”
Wild thanked all the volunteers along with the sponsors for helping make the carnival possible. The club was planning to make the carnival an annual event.