Saints players honoured
RUGBY LEAGUE: The St George Saints have named their team of the century, with 17 players honoured at a special ceremony on Saturday.
While the A-grade side went down heavily against the Surat/Wallumbilla Red Bulls, the legacy and heritage of the club was on show as players past and present gathered at Rowden Park.
St George Saints 100-year anniversary committee chairman John Barrett said the afternoon had been a celebration of everything great about the proud club's history.
"We had a great day at Rowden Park with good weather and strong attendance with the team of the century being well received by players and supporters,” he said.
"Rugby league has always been strongly supported in St George,” he said.
"The club has a very proud record of major achievements having won many premierships in all grades over the years.”
Mr Barrett said that the club has endured a lot in it's 100 years of history having survived several tough periods.
"There's certainly no organisation that hasn't had their ups and downs and we've had plenty of those but probably more ups,” he said.
"After the Great Depression there was a lull for a while and also in the mid 60's there was a downturn.
"We had a pretty good run in the Dalby district league for 17-18 years and then came back into the Roma district league where I think we have won five A grade premierships since 2000.
"Overall we have a proud record as a rugby league club.”
St George Saints life member Meggs Morris was also honoured with a commemorative plate for his service as a player, selector, coach, committee member and commentator.
Mr Barrett said the Morris' family contributions to the club over 75 long years had left a lasting impression.
"Meggs' late father, Tom Morris senior commenced the Morris association with the club straight after the second world war and has been almost continuous,” he said.
"His father, his daughter-in-law and two sons are all life members so I think that in itself reflects what sort of a contribution the family has had with the running of rugby league in the region.”