On the eve of Origin Three in Brisbane, Queensland Rugby League directors gathered to acknowledge the significant contributions made by two long-serving administrators.
Former Chairman Peter Betros and the late Terry Mackenroth, represented by his wife Mary, were bestowed Life Membership of the QRL.
QRL Chairman Bruce Hatcher spoke passionately about the achievements of both men, who collectively served on the board for 28 years.
Betros was at the helm of the QRL during the Maroons' sustained run of success in the Origin arena.
He presided over the restructure of the game's national administration with the formation of the Australian Rugby League Commission; and he officially saw in a new era for the QRL with the opening of the Rugby League Central Queensland offices.
Betros was also an advocate for the growth of the Intrust Super Cup, as well as grassroots rugby league where to this day he maintains strong connections and friendships.
Before moving into rugby league administration, Betros was one of the state's leading referees.
He shared the board room table for many years with Mackenroth, who sadly passed away in May this year aged 68.
A passionate supporter of the game in Queensland, Mackenroth loved to watch his grandchildren play junior footy and was a regular at Langlands Park where he cheered on his beloved Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup.
Eager to contribute further to the game, he became a respected voice around the QRL board room table following his appointment as an Independent Director in 2006.
Having completed a notable parliamentary service that spanned nearly 30 years, the former Deputy Premier and Treasurer brought a unique skill set and vast knowledge and experience to his role with the QRL.
Mackenroth finished his time on the QRL Board in late 2017 after 11 years of service.
Among his many achievements, he was instrumental in the re-development of Suncorp Stadium and establishment of the ARLC in 2012.