Re printed from the 1990 NSWPRL Year book.
The NSWPRL 1990 touring party departed Sydney for the United Kingdom on Sunday, 14th October 1990 and arrived at Gatwick Airport on Tuesday October the 16th.Upon arrival the touring party was met by the English co-ordinators, John Holmes and Trevor Brown of West Yourkshire. Mark Quinn, the link man for the Metropolitan London Police also greeted the touring party.The tour started and sustained a hectic pace - visiting items of interest, playing football, training daily at 9am rain, hail or shine and attending official functions. The touring party was invited to two official receptions, the first with the Mayor of Kirklees, Mr. Tom O'Donovan....and the second with the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Mr. Killgallon.Mr. O'Donovan is also the Chairman of the British Amateur Rugby League Association and a person who was very well received amongst the tourists. There was little doubt that with the backing of the West Yorkshire Police, Mr. O'Donovan and the co-ordinating of John Holmes of the West Yorshire Police Athletic Association, the tour was going to be a unique experience and a success.All the tourists, including the supporters, felt accepted within the community who were warm in providing assistance when requested.The accomodation at the Hunting Lodge, Kettlethorpe, Wakefield by Chris Hooley and staff was outstanding and allowed the tourists to settle in quickly. At the completion of each game the tour leader, Sergeant Alex Ramsay, was required to respond to official welcomes by the officials of the individual clubs played against.Alex made the point clear that the facilities available to the various Police Forces in England were outstanding and the way their grounds were maintained was an eye opener to the tourists. These facilities were used by the English Police teams to prepare for selection in the first ever Great Britain Police side, to tour Australia in two years time (1992).The tourists were also impressed with the support and attendance of senior officers attending each game/function: Chief Superintendent Ivor Jolly of the Greater Manchester Police Football Club; John Holmes, representing Chief Constable Peter Nobes of the West Yorkshire Police; Chief Constable Ron Hatfield of the West Midlands Poice; Assistant Chief Constable Keith Rogers of Humberside Police; and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mr. Howley of the London Metropolitan Police.Sergeant Ramsay commented: "For Rugby League to progress within Police FOrces, support must not only come fro players but ehre is a need for senior officers within the Police forces to recognise what players and officials are striving for ; that being interaction and competition between police, developing character and friendship between members of the Forces. In NSW there is a somewhat void between the between the senior ranking officers of the service to the other officers supporting the game of Rugby League. If anything, this tour has conditions of work, but there is a big need in your Forces for Rugby League to be recognised as a game alongside Rugby Union. There is room for two games to be played in Heaven."
The first game on tour was played against Greater Manchester Police at Hough End SPorts Ground, the referee being Roy Carter. NSW defeated the Greater Manchester team 52-6. The Man of the Match was awarded to NSW winger Steve Park who scored a hat-trick of tries. The opening twenty minutes of the game was played in vigorous fashion by both teams. Greater Manchester initially had the upper edge with good field position and attack. Against the run of play, Steve Park broke through in the mid field and sidestepped his way to score under the goal posts. Players who stood out for Greater Manchester were Ian Sanderson, Allan Weardon and Dave Ryan. Sanderson was chosen by his NSW opposition as the Man of the Match for the English side. Greater Manchester was coached by Tony Warrell and captained by Aiden Murphy. Thanks was given to Jackie Buckley, the Secretary of the Greater Manchester club for her assistance.Below are the two teams at the conclusion of the match.