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Farewell to a great player, GI

Well, what can I say but farewell to Greg Ignlis a great player, even though he should've been playing for NSW but what a player. Sad to see such a great player retire. Best of luck for the future, GI, thanks for the memories. You were a great inspirational for your people, the Indigenous, A lot of young Indigenous kids looked up at you in both AFL and Rugby League. You'll be remembered as a great player with amazing skills and your famous Goanna Crawl. You'll be up there with the great Abirginal players such as the late Artie Beetson, Clive Churchill, Larry Cowara, Ray Blacklock, Big Mal, and other famous Koories before you. Again, thank you for the memories from a passionate Eels fan

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  • Yes a great player and fair to boot Parramaniac. I remember one near length of the field try that was top shelf and one for the ages. Forget other team.

    Best of luck after footy big fella. 

    Can I add one other player to your list of indigenous players?  May I add Cliffy Lyons who I had the privilige of playing one game with. Another great bloke on and off the field.



    • Cliffy, forgot about him. Who you played for?


      • Down by Murrumbidgee River before he went to North Sydney in 1985. 

        I played my last season in reserves in '82 and Cliffy was dropped for not training I think or some 'social' reason? LOL. It was the year before he starred in Gundagai's Group 9 premiership team.

        When Cliffy was dropped we played over at Harden and he was just so positive, encouraging all the boys where you think he had some reason to have the 'Harold Parks'.

        No Cliffy was a great bloke. Even after I met up with him one night at Tweed Heads after he had played for Manly years later, he was the same down to earth fella who stopped for a yarn at the Club.

        He was one heck of a player.


      • Who did you play with Parramaniac?

        If you played on any of these grounds (some specific names elude now) between 1960 and 1982 there is a good chance we may have exchanged sweat, dust, grass or dare I say red stuff? LOL

        Eastwood Oval, T G Millner, Dundas Valley, all Parra junior union ovals, Cumberland Oval, North Sydney Oval, Leichardt Oval, SCG 1963 and 1970, Sydney Sports Ground 1968, MCS comp grounds, 2nd division union grounds, University Cup /Shield ? grounds and these Group 17 grounds Deniliquin, Hay, Goolgowi, Barellan, Colleambally, Ivanhoe, Finley. Riverina knockout Griffith. Group 9 grounds Temora, Cootamundra, Harden, Young, Gundagai, Tumut, Wagga, Junee and Group 9 2nd division grounds Jugiong, Barmedman, Quandialla ... can't remember the rest ???? without research and definitely can't spell some of them. LOL.

        Oh ... the red stuff was wine not blood! But could have been. Haaa

        Cheers bro


        Just remembered one more - Boorowa.

        Also found this trying to find. Google this for a good old bush footy story.

        Cheers mate.


         Boorowa Rugby team a league of their own

        • My high school until I discovered there was better things to do than waste my weekends getting bashed about on a footy field like chasing chicks and smoking dope behind some shed somehwre in the cane fields and also I was very fond of surfing and bushwalking. LOL

          • Haaaa like your preferences!

            Maybe that is why I did not seem to have much success chasing cheeks.Ooops again  ... meant chicks!

            Bashed and stupid. Plus an all boys school certainly didn't  help building up a chic chase resume. LOL

            Good onya mate. Ha

  • Freakish talent at his peak. The only player to rival Jarryd Hayne in terms of natural talent and raw physical attributes and the only player I imagine could have emulated what Hayne did and go and play a foreign football code he’s never played before and go straight onto a roster in the biggest comp in the US.

    Like Hayne though probably didn’t train or look after injuries as diligently as some of the less talented players and his career is over a bit earlier than expected. 

    • Yes a fair rap. 

      At best like trying to tackle a runaway scrub bull.

      Latrelle Mitchell is probably closest to him now with ball in hand and in full flight.

      • Agree, Mitchell is a very similar ball runner. 

  • Broke my heart twice, first playing for Qld , and second reaching out one handed from memory and taking the ball off a bomb and strolling over untouched in the 09 grand final. Hated the bloke all these years but indeed witnessed one of the all time greats to play the game.

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