A tribute from the Club President, Mr Frank Cookson…
Today is the first anniversary of the passing of a great and loyal man to not only his close-knit family, but to his multitude of friends, Greg “Bluey” Mackey.
We all know it will be a very difficult one for Amanda, Bev and his kin. To Bluey it was, by his own admission, family first but I can’t remember whether sport was second or third. Bluey’s sporting prowess was not limited to Rugby League but also included long distance running, golf, hockey etc. etc.
A pint sized dynamo, Bluey was always the ultimate competitor but still possessed that true sportsmanlike manner.
A veteran of 428 first grade games, 385 in Australia and England and the others in France, this Rolls Royce motor in a Mini Minor body only missed 1 first grade game in 292 and that was due to a clearance mishap. There have been better footballers but none more competitive or courageous.
As I write this I am looking at a photo of Bluey, Brad Webb and others taken with the trophy after they won the English Premiership playing for Hull, back in 1991. Bluey also won the Best and Fairest Harry Sunderland Award that day. He is pictured receiving it above.
Although he also played in Lancashire Cup and Regal Trophy winning teams and against Australia in a warm up Test Series game, Bluey always considered the big win with Hull and the Premierships he won with Mascot as the highlights of his career.
Whilst he played for a number of Clubs at the elite level, Bluey always prided himself as being a one Club junior. Wherever he played around the world, everyone knew Mascot was where he learnt his trade. I personally know the French used to ask what this “Mascot” was.
In a letter to me after the Hull win he quoted “What about two kids from Mascot giving it to the Poms!”
Bluey treasured his Mascot Life Membership and we treasured his involvement with our Club. A guy who, from the beginning to the end, took on all of life’s challenges and proved that size doesn’t matter if you’ve got the right intestinal fortitude.
To put it mildly, Bluey was an inspiration to all those who had the pleasure of knowing him, whether it was through sport or life in general.
I’ll tell a few stories about him to the person who wins the Greg Mackey Memorial Best and Fairest Trophy at our next Presentation Night. Our Club’s new policy of naming such awards in honour of our players who we lost too young will ensure their names and deeds will live on.
RIP old mate.