Butch leaves legacy in bush footy circles

Graham Butch Lenton is cutting back his rugby league commitments next year but his passion for the game remains as strong as ever.


At last months Central West Rugby League AGM, Lenton stepped down from his position as CWRL president.


Lenton will stay on as an independent board member in a move that will ensure new president David Kerrigan has an experienced head to call upon.


Having been involved in the game for more 30 years, the man affectionately known as Butch is one of the most recognisable rugby league figures in Central Western Queensland.


His contribution to the game was recognised at the recent AGM when he was bestowed Life Membership.


Like so many other volunteers who form the backbone of the code, Lenton has never been in it for the accolades.





The main thing is just the friendships and the people you meet, he said.


Lenton loves his bush footy and says it is still going strong, despite the demise of the wool and railway industries which has impacted on player numbers.


Its a very special competition in Outback Queensland, he said.


I think the biggest thing now is the miles you do. Youve got 180km before your first game.


When Tambo was in the competition, youd have a 500km round trip that you would do. But thats just what you did because you enjoyed doing it.


Lenton said some of his fondest memories were representative matches and tours.


The Central West road trips into Rockhampton were always great, he said.


And there was the tour to Palm Island. Some of us had never seen a boat, let alone gone to Palm Island.


The Winton Shire Mayor and local mechanic has many other highlights from his time as an administrator, but it is perhaps his very first taste of life around the committee table that made for the most interesting tale.


Lenton played a bit of rugby league here and there, but his main passion as a boy and in his early adult years was motocross racing.


That all changed at the age of 26 when he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncle by becoming the chairman of the Winton Rugby League Football Club.


As the story goes, Lentons uncle stepped down unexpectedly at an AGM and told Butch that it was about time he was the next chairman.


When I took over it didnt go too well for a few years there but it all picked up, Lenton said.


If you hang around long enough you get a few victories!


New CWRL Committee


President: David Kerrigan

Secretary/Treasurer: Charmain Acton

Junior Delegate: Travis Harbour