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Special visit for resident & rugby league icon Peter Diversi

Members of the Forestville Ferrets RLFC, recently paid a surprise visit to one of Peninsula Villages residents, Peter Diversi. Peter is a former North Sydney, Manly Warringah and Australian Test player in rugby league.

Peter was visited by Ian Dodds, Dennis Chiddy, Keith Hedge and Brian Donohoe on Monday 3 April at Peninsula Villages Jack Aldous House.

Peter is fondly remembered as a lock forward who established a reputation as a feared defender through his bone-crushing cover defence which became a feature of his game.

Hailing from Wollongong, upon winning a contract with North Sydney he played a total of 63 First Grade games from 1952-1955 before going to Gundagai as Captain-Coach for 1956-1957 seasons. Peter then signed with Manly Warringah for five seasons playing 67 First Grade games, the highlight being a Grand Final appearance against St. George in 1959.

He made his representative debut for New South Wales in 1952 and was selected in the Australian Third Test team that won the Ashes against Great Britain in 1954, played in the inaugural World Cup match in France in the same year and played in another Test match against France in 1955.

Peter retired from playing rugby league in 1965 after two successful seasons with the Kurri Kurri Club.

Peter is also the uncle of the former-Australian dual international player, Ray Price who was also renowned for his excellent cover defence and never ‘stop trying’ efforts in games.

Peter was very much involved in the birth of the Forestville Ferrets back in 1967 and did in fact have a run with the A-Grade at an age when others were probably playing bowls.

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At the visit last Monday, Peter was presented with some 50th Anniversary memorabilia which was a token of last year's celebration of the 50th birthday of the Ferrets.

Peter's wife Dawn, and daughter-in-law Dale, were in attendance and the staff were delighted to hear of Peter’s amazing involvement in rugby league.