THE ROSS STRUDWICK
BRL HERITAGE ROUND
The opening round of the 2019 BRL season is the annual Valleys Diehards Heritage Round. Fittingly on Saturday March 17 our opponent is one of our great traditional rivals, the mighty Souths Magpies. Significantly it is also the 40th anniversary of our 1979 premiership victory.
In 2019 we continue to honour a truly extra-ordinary Diehard ... the iconic Ross Strudwick. A brilliant scheming halfback and general. A brilliant tactical coach. His contribution to Valleys goes beyond his wonderful achievements as a player and coach.
It is fitting that in 2019 Struddys are the official jersey supplier and have designed a wonderful heritage strip based on the late 70's era .
GERRY FITZPATRICK MEDAL
The Man of the Match in the annual Heritage Round receives the Gerry Fitzpatrick Medal in honour of one of our greatest, most loved and respected Diehards. Valleys Captain Liam Herrington was the inaugural recipient with Gerry's wife Debbie and son Hugh on hand to present. 2018 was Chris Aiton. Who will it be this year?
TRUE BLUE DIEHARDS JUNIOR TEAM PRESENTATION
Each season a new group of Diehards will be honoured with the naming of a junior team in honour of them. All teams and their honouree are presented to the crowd before the BRL game. Click here to see the 2019 True Blue Diehards