1951 pre­mier­ship blazer back home

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME -

A 63-YEAR-OLD blazer has re­turned to where it all be­gan.

Peter Kas­tris­sios was cap­tain of the Mun­dub­bera Foot­ball Team, which won the 1951 Cen­tral Bur­nett Rugby League Pre­mier­ship.

“How proud they all were when they were pre­sented with their pre­mier­ship blaz­ers,” Mr Kas­tris­sios’s widow, Car­men Kas­tris­sios, said.

“My hus­band died in 2007 from the ef­fects of em­phy­sema. He was 79 and I knew he wanted the mem­bers of the Mun­dub­bera Rugby League Foot­ball Club to have his blazer from that 1951 team.”

On July 22, 2014, the blazer was re­turned to Mun­dub­bera by Mr Kas­tris­sios’s son, James, and it was pre­sented to Gavin Ford from MRLFC, who will now have it framed and put on dis­play at the foot­ball grounds.

The Kas­tris­sios fam­ily ran the Gar­land Cafe in the main street of Mun­dub­bera for many years with their six chil­dren, Theo, Char­lie, Taso, Mary, Peter and Frank.

“I was a teacher at Derri Derri just out­side of Mun­dub­bera when I met Peter in 1951,” Mrs Kas­tris­sios said.

“Peter asked his friend, Jim Trott, to in­tro­duce him to me when we were at the Mun­dub­bera show dance.”

They soon mar­ried and moved to Bris­bane at the end of 1952 and had three chil­dren.

Mr Kas­tris­sios be­came a pro­jec­tion­ist in the fam­ily’s the­atres and later the man­ager of their drive-in the­atres un­til he re­tired.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

GIFT: Gavin Ford re­ceives a 1951 pre­mier­ship blazer from James Kas­tris­sios.

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