I want to offer my sincere congratulations to all of the award winners announced this week at the virtual Greyhound Of The Year function, and it was a thoroughly deserved win by our Ladbrokes Golden Easter Egg winner Tommy Shelby and his trainer Steve Withers in the major awards.
But it would be remiss of me not to single out legendary greyhound writer Jeff Collerson who was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and on behalf of GRNSW and the entire industry in this State, I want to congratulate the man they call Pigeon on this prestigious, and thoroughly-deserved honour.
Almost 60 years ago Jeff started at the Daily Telegraph, and I can honestly say that this industry was blessed when he was given the role of greyhound writer, and the sport in NSW has been in safe hands ever since. Jeff retired from the Telegraph in 2012 and joined GRNSW to supply articles and content for our media platforms, and media partners.
His knowledge is unrivalled, he is constantly promoting our sport, and from a GRNSW perspective it is tremendous to have someone like Jeff remain a part of industry and continue to tell great stories, and I offer our sincere congratulations to Jeff.
Congratulations also to Mark Gatt's brilliant NSW stayer Stanley Road who was a finalist in the Greyhound of the Year category, and his performance in the Association Cup earned connections the award for Run of the Year.
The excitement is truly building for us at GRNSW with the announcement on Sunday night of the successful applicants who have secured a slot in the inaugural running of The Phoenix.
GRNSW entered a submission for a slot, to be part of the $1.145m event which will be staged at The Meadows on December 18.
Join us in tuning in to the announcement on www.thephoenix.melbourne and The Meadows Greyhounds' social channels on Sunday night at 7.30pm.
Fingers crossed for what would be an exciting time for all NSW participants if we are successful.
Like so many events in 2021, the Coonamble Carnival scheduled for the October long weekend has been postponed until 2022.
Last year the carnival was also lost, cancelled due to the situation with COVID-19, but this time around it has been moved and will now go ahead across the Australia Day holiday period, with racing from January 26 to January 30. I was lucky enough to attend the Coonamble Carnival in 2019, and it should be on the bucket list of every greyhound racing fan.
This article was produced as part of an ACM partnership with Greyhound Racing NSW.