HE'S one of Wingham Rugby League Club's favourite sons and the Tigers will run a day on Sunday to assist Graeme 'Dawby' Berriman.
Dawby's a former player, coach and committee member with the Tigers. He played more than 100 games for the club and still holds the record for the second most number of points scored in reserve grade in one season - 110 in 1974. Not surprisingly, he's also a life member. Dawby liked to play it tough and hard, to borrow from Wingham's club song, who shed blood for Wingham and made sure opponents shed their fair share as well.
Dawby had a stroke a few years back but battled his way back to health. He has been undergoing treatment for cancer and his old footy club is there to support him.
On Sunday a bowls day will be held at the Wingham Bowling Club.
This will kick off at 9am with a barbecue breakfast. In the afternoon there'll be raffles and an auction. An on-going raffle will have two tickets to the NRL grand final along with accommodation as the first prize.
A committee headed by Alan Skinner and including Rex Dawson, Graham Urquhart and Stephen Blanch is organising the day with the assistance of the Wingham Rugby League Club.
The benefit day will be the culmination of what committee member Stephen Blanch assured will be a 'huge couple of days' in Tiger Town.
On Saturday Wingham plays Old Bar in what is shaping as a vital match in Group Three Rugby League. This will also be a day for Wingham's Old Boys group.
Among those expected to return for the day include Matt Robertson from West Wyalong, Andy Guy from Newcastle and Brian Wilson from Tamworth. Wilson – a life member – is a former premiership winning halfback and captain-coach with the Tigers. Guy, a centre, also won premiership with Wingham while Robertson coached Wingham to the 1997 title while he's also an ex-player and former president.
Dawby lives in Sydney these days, but will be a sure starter this weekend.
Anyone seeking further details about the benefit day can contact Alan Skinner on 6553 4623.
Footnote: Dawby received some very good news last week - he is cancer free.