b'S R A EY LY R AE E H TI was employed straight away.rougher characters that entered the workshop. The pair also encountered each other onHis son Georgewho joined his father at the field. I played against Joey, says Bob.Dixon & Haddon when he left school and still We knocked each other out once; our headsworks for the companylikened it to taming clashed at Carlaw Park and we were wild horses. both concussed! They would come in wild but after a Joe remembers Bob being a likeable boss.couple of weeks, if they were good and the He coached rugby league teams, thats why heold man liked them, theyd be talking and was so good to get on with; its the same typelaughing; they really mellowed. Now they say of communication.to me, if it wasnt for your father, I wouldnt Far left: Joe Cowan on the D&H shop floor in 2022. Left: A young Joe Cowan chargingToday, Joe is 75 years old. Youll still findbe here. down the playing field. him on the shop floor, performing light dutiesLaurie passed away in 2014. Below: Laurie Leefe in the workshop,7am till 3pm, three days a week. Health is myback at Span Farm. top priority; I really want to keep active. When Joe finished playing league he started eating the right foods and riding a bike to work, although today its an e-bike. LAURIE LEEFELaurie Leefe was another rugby league player and joined the company in 1972. He began as a welder but moved across to run the paint and blasting bay when it was established. Laurie was dedicated to the job and he had a saying: Go to work or go home.Indeed, he could be a hard taskmaster, but he led by example and had a knack for training apprentices. Hed identify their strengths and guide them to develop their skills. Laurie also had a way with some of the 19'