Book tells of bush football strength


Noel Dixon doesn’t live in the country, didn’t play rugby league in the country, but has a passion for the game and some of the characters who have been involved with the sport for many years.

But his first book Country Strong is about the game out here, albeit a fictitious story about some of the characters who made the game the way it is today.

When you read the book you can relate to players in every town you have lived and who have played football – the only difference is their names.

Dixon actually lives in Croydon in inner western Sydney and is a schoolteacher. He did play rugby league early in his life, now he enjoys a game of over-35s soccer.

He didn’t write this book to make a profit, instead funds will be directed to the Country Rugby League.

“I guess my book was inspired by Western Division’s Amco Cup win in 1974,” Gillon said during a visit to Dubbo to promote the book.

“During my trip I’ve had the opportunity to meet several of the players from that year including the legendary æTV’ Ted Ellery and Barry Rushworth and that was indeed an honour and great to hear what they thought of the book.

“I could go on and on and tell you about a player called Steve Thurling, but a better idea is for you and your readers to get hold of a copy yourself, read it and hopefully feel good.

“At this time of the year I think it would be a great Christmas present for your favourite male.”

Steve Thurling takes the part of a half-back from Gilgandra, who is tough, talented and good looking and he had dreams of playing the game in the big league.

Then after starring for the Western District Goannas in the 1973 Country Championships, he was selected to trial with Sydney’s glamour team, The North City Condors. Despite his talent, things don’t work out for Thurling.

For the full story, you have to read the book.

Country Strong is available at all good book stores selling at $19.95.

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