Tony Price has been involved in the great game of rugby league for fifty years as a former player, administrator, coach and supporter. His friends and contacts in the game include Mal Meninga and one of North Queensland’s favourite sons, Kerry Boustead.
He played the game from the 1960s well into the 1980s and coached many school and junior teams including being the prime instigator in the establishment of junior rugby league on the Whitsunday Coast.
He never missed a Foley Shield final from 1969 until the 1990s and saw the birth of the North Queensland Cowboys.
The tradition of rugby league means a lot to Tony Price who is a life-long South Sydney supporter.
He believes the media has too much control of the game in the 21st century and workplace changes have been the biggest destroyer of the game at grass-roots level.
Over four years he has written four reasonably significant books about rugby league in North Queensland spanning the entire time the game has been played in the north.
Tony prides himself on his background research and has spent thousands of hours looking over documents from Cairns to the State Library in Brisbane. This feel for the game has enabled him to connect the past with current rugby league. Tony and Carmel have travelled all around Queensland in their quest to spread the good word about rugby league donating many books to schools and attending regional carnivals when possible.
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