GERRINGONG Lions and Parramatta Eels legend Michael Cronin OAM had been awarded life membership to the New South Wales Rugby League at the recent annual general meeting at Sydney Olympic Park.
Cronin has provided an extended period of outstanding service to rugby league, most notably as a stalwart centre for Parramatta between 1977-86, representing NSW and Australia.
“If there was ever a deserving person who has devoted so much of his life and energy to the game of rugby league, Michael Cronin is that person,” said NSWRL director and former Eels teammate Geoff Gerard.
“As a player Michael had unbelievable awareness.
“He was wise, strong and he was the ultimate professional, as well as a great person.”
Cronin’s involvement within rugby league extends beyond his playing career at Parramatta.
He coached the club between 1990-93 before moving back to his home town of Gerringong where he coached the Gerringong Lions juniors (1994-2008) and first grade side (2009-16).
In 2007, Cronin was inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame before he was selected as one of the 100 greatest Rugby League players of all time in 2008.
Michael Cronin OAM’s achievements:
· 216 first grade appearances with Parramatta (1977-86)
· Four premierships with Parramatta (1981, 82, 83, 86)
· Six State of Origin appearances for NSW
· 33 Tests and World Cup appearances for Australia
· Rothmans Medal winner (1977 and 1978)
· Inductee to the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame (2007)
· Selected as one of the 100 greatest ever rugby league players (2008)
· Coached Gerringong’s first grade side to four premierships and three grand finals (2009-16).