The Golden Eagles has announced the launch of its new website, manlygoldeneagles.com.au, marking the next step in the association's development.
Headed by former front rowers Mark Bryant and Josh Perry, the Manly Warringah Golden Eagles Association is a group of past rugby league players who turned out for the Sea Eagles in any grade, not just first grade.
Reaching all the way back to the inaugural 1947 season, the association brings every ex-player from Manly back together again at the club and already boasts more than 300 members, including legends of the game Max Krilich, Alan Thompson, Michael O’Connor, Paul Vautin, Cliffy Lyons, Merv Gillmer and many more.
The new website ensures both fans and members keep up-to-date on members, latest news, video interviews with the players, Golden Eagles merchandise coming soon, plus details of the association’s work in the community.
2015 promises to be a busy year for the Golden Eagles with a number of charity functions and game day social activities lined up across the peninsula.
“We’ll be hosting functions throughout the year,” says Bryant, association chairman. “And by doing so, we not only raise money for worthy causes, but give our former players and coaching staff a place to reunite and reconnect, have a beer, tell a story or two, and give back to the fans and community.”
The first major event will take place at The Collaroy Hotel in February with the Roki4Auction. Raising precious funds for local boy Roki Mills, who was born with cerebral palsy and suffered brain damage due to a lack of oxygen during a difficult birth, the event promises to be a sell-out.
The Golden Eagles will also host a monthly meat tray raffle at the Manly Leagues Club and has plans for a star-studded charity golf day later in the year.
With the full backing of the Sea Eagles, including CEO Joe Kelly, the association also has high profile support in the form of patrons Ken Arthurson and Steve Menzies.
“I’m extremely honoured and proud to be patron of the Golden Eagles Association, along with Steve Menzies,” says Arthurson. “Both Mark and Josh have done a fantastic job in bringing the former Sea Eagles players back together and their efforts have helped build on the fantastic culture that we already have at the club.”
The fans are already showing their support for the association – the group’s Facebook page has more than 1,300 followers regularly sharing player and match stats, and commenting on sightings of former rugby league ‘greats’ around town.
“The reaction to the Golden Eagles has already been incredible,” says Kelly. “Now we want all Sea Eagles fans to get behind them, visit the website, like the Facebook page, tell their friends and follow the association’s work in giving back to the club, players and community.”
The support of local businesses in helping get the Golden Eagles off the ground has also been vital.
“We couldn’t have created the website without the help of myWebTeam in Brookvale who gave freely of their time to support our efforts,” says Perry, co-founder and deputy chairman. “We also brought onboard one of the country’s leading bloggers and top Huffington Post writer, Russell Ward from TheInternationalWriter.com, who will be chief writer for the website, social media and our monthly newsletters to members and fans.”
With the website up and running, the association is urging former players to get in touch through the site and for fans to sign up for the newsletter by email because, in the words of Bryant, “it’s time to bring our ex-players home again”.
For more information about the Manly Warringah Golden Eagles Association, go to www.manlygoldeneagles.com.au or contact Mark Bryant on 0427 100 669.