2019 CRL Service Pin Recipients

Updated: March 11, 2019
CRL Service Pins

Country Rugby League would like to acknowledge our 2019 CRL Service Pin Recipients –Brian Rix, Garry Williams, Tony Durheim (NRRRL), Derek Graff (Group 7),  Joe Kinnane (Group 2) and Roy Ferraro (Group 18 JRL) for their outstanding contributions to Rugby League in Regional New South Wales.

The long serving volunteers were presented with their service pins by members of the CRL Board of Directors over the past few weeks and CRL Chairman John Anderson said all recipients should be extremely proud of their contributions.

“Our 2019 Service Pin Recipients are an excellent example of the invaluable service that our volunteers provide to both Country Rugby League and their local communities.

“All recipients should be extremely proud of their efforts and the positive effect they have had on the game of rugby league and their respective clubs, groups and regions.”

2019 CRL Service Pin Recipients


Brian Rix – NRRRL

Brian Rix has served the game of rugby league for over 40 years in various roles as player, coach and administrator at club, region and state level. A former player and coach of the Ballina Seagulls, Rix’s contributions to the game in the Northern Rivers include roles as Group 1 JRL President and NRRRL President and Vice-President. Rix has also served as Chairman of the East Coast Region and is currently serving on the CRL Board of Directors for the second time.


Derek Graff – Group 7

Derek Graff’s 26- year association with the game began in 1993 when he joined the Nowra Warriors JRLFC as a Committee Member, where he remained until the end of 2002. Since that time, Derek has continued to contribute to the game on the South Coast; serving in roles including Club Secretary, Vice President and Coach for the Warriors’ and Vice-President / President of South Coast Group 7 Junior Rugby League from 2008-2018.


Garry Williams – NRRRL

Gary Williams’ contributions to the game in the Northern Rivers began as Treasurer for the South Grafton Rebels in 1981, a position which he held for 12 seasons until 1992. In 1995 Gary took on the position as Group One / NRRRL Treasurer, which held until 2018, and positions as Group One Under-18’s Selector and Team Manger, which he held until 2005. Gary has also served in roles as NRRRL Senior Representative Team Manager and Delegate, CRL Under-18’s Team Manager and CRL Delegate for Group One and NRRRL.


Tony Durheim – NRRRL

Tony Durheim has served the game of Rugby League in the Northern Rivers for 37-years in various roles as a player, coach and administrator. A former player and coach of the Marist Brothers club, Durheim enjoyed a number of successful years with the club including several premierships and a Clayton Cup winning season in 1987. Durheim has been a member of the Group 1 Management Committee since 2002 and also acted as a selector and coach for Group 1 Representative Teams. Durheim played 78 ARL/NRL matches for the Gold Coast under their former guises as the Giants, Seagulls and Chargers.


Roy Ferraro – Group 18 JRL

Roy Ferraro has been involved with Junior Rugby League in Group 18 for over 33 years in various roles including Coach, Treasurer, Team Manager, Delegate and Junior Council Committee Member. Roy is currently the Secretary / Registrar for the Group, a position he has held continuously since 1985, and was awarded a Group 18 Life Membership in 1998 for his outstanding services to the game. Roy has also served as Secretary/Treasurer for the Group 18 JRL Referees Association and has served as a CRL Junior Council Committee Member and CRL Delegate for a combined 42 years.


Joseph Kinnane – Group 2

Joseph Kinnane has served the game of rugby league for over 60 years in various roles as a player and official throughout the Riverina and Mid North Coast. After an early playing career with the Junee Diesels and Narrandera Lizards; Kinnane began his association with the Grafton Ghosts in 1972 where he has fulfilled various roles as a player, coach, manager and administrator over the past 47 years. During this time Kinnane has served as club Secretary, President and Manager – including managing three successful Clayton Cup winning sides in 2010, 2011 and 2017. Joe has also served completed duties as a club Historian and Publicity Officer and wrote a book on the clubs history entitled “Grafton Ghosts – The Journey”.