The Kangaroos Rugby League Club recently recognised the contribution of volunteers Wally and Wendy Watterson with the official opening of a “Timekeepers Area” which has been named in their honour.

The Wally and Wendy Watterson Timekeepers Area highlights the dedication of the couple, not only to the club, but also to local rugby league in Cairns.

For more than 40 years, Wally and Wendy have volunteered with Kangaroos and CDRL with Wally holding, at various times, the executive positions with Kangaroos Rugby League Club of secretary, treasurer and president.

Two generations of local rugby league fans are familiar with Wally’s dulcet tones as he called senior games at all levels, initially at Parramatta Park and at the current venue for senior rugby league in Cairns – Barlow Park.

Kangaroos played their first game at their new home Vico Oval in 1980 and Wally and Wendy were there to time-keep and call the first game; and continued every season until 2011.

Kangaroos President Kelvin Lesina said it was a fitting tribute for the newly-constructed Game Day Timekeepers Operations Area be named in honour of the couple.

“Having been volunteers since 1960, Wally and Wendy have made a significant contribution to the game and it was an obvious choice to recognise them in this way,” Lesina said.

The room has a clear view of both playing fields, is equipped with a modern sound system, score board control point, the ability to cater for any IT requirements, and is well placed to cater for operations requirements well into the future.

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The Cairns club have also been in the news recently after they were named the winners’ of this year’s XXXX Club of the Week major prize. The Kangaroos will host a special celebration highlighting their achievement early next season.