Vale Morry Breen

Updated: October 24, 2018
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The Central Coast Rugby League community has lost one of its greatest stalwarts with Morry Breen OAM sadly passing away aged 82.

Long acknowledged as the driving force behind Wyong Roos Rugby League and Wyong Rugby League Club Group – which now boasts eight licensed premises, employs more than 350 people, and has over 57,000 members – Breen was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) earlier this year for services to the game and industrial relations.

Mr Breen left an indelible mark on many communities throughout New South Wales and Queensland and achieved much success both on and off the field as a player, coach and administrator throughout his life.

Breen’s long standing relationship with the Wyong club spanned 55 years and featured the acknowledgement of having the main playing field directly beside Wyong Leagues Club  named in his honour  and also the distinction of becoming the Leagues Clubs first Life Member.

Morry Breen OAM – Chronology of Achievements

  • Selected from the Ivanhoes club to represent Cairns in the famous North Queensland Foley Shield competition at age 19 in 1955. An active member of the club, Breen took it upon himself to organise many social activities and fundraisers.
  • Captained and Coached Innisfail Brothers to premiership victory in 1956, representing North Queensland against the touring New Zealand team and Innisfail in their Foley Shield Final winning team against Cairns.
  • Breen commenced the 1957 season with Toowoomba All Whites where he again gained representative selection, this time for Toowoomba in the Bulimba Cup competition against Ipswich, before switching to Brisbane Brothers.
  • Selected to represent North Queensland against the touring Great Britain team.
  • Joined the Eastern Suburbs Roosters in 1958, playing extensively in Reserve Grade.
  • Selected in the Brisbane Representative Team from Souths Brisbane in 1961 before joining the Ayr Hornets as Captain/Coach and Captain-Coaching the Ayr Representative Team in Foley Shield.
  • Assistant Coach of Coonabarabran in 1962.
  • Commenced association with Wyong as 1st Grade Captain/Coach in 1963. In addition, Breen also coached Wyong under 18’s and Wyong High School’s Open Age team. Breen is credited with revitalising the club which had reformed in 1960.
  • Chaired meeting inWyong as the precursor to the establishment of Wyong Rugby League Club as a registered and licensed club. As President of the local committee charged with investigating the feasibility of a licensed sporting club in the district, Breen persuasively argued that the club be located away from Wyong, that it be an individual entity rather than a “leagues” club. Breen subsequently participated in 18 months of public meetings and was a member of the Management Committee that successfully negotiated the purchase of the land upon on which the club now sits. Breen also initiated the membership program which raised the necessary funds for such purchase.
  • Captain/Coached Wyong and won the Sterland Medal as the competitions Best & Fairest player in 1964.
  • On the 19th May 1971 Wyong Rugby League Club officially announced the purchase of the land. Breen was a member of the Finance and Planning Committee which managed the financing of the club building and acquisition of the licence. The Licence was awarded on 6 March 1973.
  • The main playing field directly beside Wyong Leagues Club named in Breen’s honour and opened on 22nd July 1973. Breen was also bestowed the distinction of becoming the Leagues Clubs first Life Member.
  • Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to rugby league, and industrial relations.

 

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