By James O’Reilly/QRL Media

National Volunteer Week has just wrapped up and the QRL celebrated by highlighting some of the great people who help make rugby league tick.

From May 20–26, 2019, thousands of events were held across the country to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time. For more information about National Volunteer Week, email Volunteering Australia

QRL correspondent James O’Reilly caught up with just some of the valuable volunteers who make our great game so special including Kerry Crosbie from Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

Wynnum Manly Seagulls celebrate after a win.

The Wynnum Manly Seagulls Intrust Super Cup team gather in a circle in the sheds after a big win over Easts Tigers, and they are about to wax lyrical.

But before they do, they thrust Kerry “Binga” Crosbie into the middle and start dousing him with all manner of beverages – water, Gatorade and more.

This is a tradition reserved for debutants, but today is different.

Today is Binga’s birthday and off they go.

“We’re the boys from down they bay……..”

They will never make the final of “The Voice” but they don’t care.  Binga gets soaked and pushed around the boys with all the affection that blokes can muster.

They finish with “…we’re the Seagulls flying high!”

The smile on Binga’s face runs ear to ear, you can tell he just loves it.  He loves the footy club; he loves being with the boys.

For 20 years, he has given all the spare time he can muster to his beloved Seagulls.

He eats, sleeps and drinks rugby league.  When he was quizzed on why he loves it so much his response was “Mateship!  I just love being with the boys.”

His highlight over the past 20 years was the back-to-back premierships in 2011 and 2012.

He scurries around the dressing room gathering jerseys and ticking off lists and looks up with his unmistakable grin and declares, “maybe this is our year again.”


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