For­mer Kats turn back clock

Pilbara News - - Sport - Louise Alling­ham

For­mer Kar­ratha Kats play­ers made the trek to Kar­ratha last Satur­day to cel­e­brate the 25-year an­niver­sary of their premier­ship win.

For­mer play­ers gath­ered at the Kats’ clu­b­rooms to catch up and rem­i­nisce about their 1991 sea­son.

For­mer Kat Stu­art Egan said the Kats beat the Wick­ham Wolves in the grand fi­nal by 10 goals.

“(The) av­er­age win­ning mar­gin was 93 points and the grand fi­nal we won by 62 points,” he said.

“I’ve heard some peo­ple say it was one of the best sides.”

Event or­gan­iser and for­mer Kat Craig Hawkes said it was good to see all the boys to­gether again.

“It’s the first re­u­nion we’ve had,” he said.

“Once (the play­ers) left town, we just haven’t seen them — we’d bump into them ran­domly, but some of them you haven’t seen for 25 years.”

Mr Hawkes is the only re­main­ing player liv­ing in Kar­ratha.

“I’m the only one that re­ally lives in Kar­ratha — ev­ery­one else has trav­elled from Perth,” he said.

“We wanted to have it (at the Kats’ clu­b­room) as this is the club we all played for.”

There were 43 play­ers in to­tal who played for the Kats in the 1991 sea­son with about 30 of them mak­ing it up to join the cel­e­bra­tions.

The re­u­nion was in plan­ning for sev­eral months, with or­gan­is­ers gain­ing spon­sor­ship from lo­cal busi­nesses to give for­mer Kats play­ers com­mem­o­ra­tive stubby hold­ers and a DVD of the his­tor­i­cal grand fi­nal, which had to be con­verted from video tape.

The boys en­joyed food, drinks, play­ing poker and a mini cock­roach cup on the night.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Most of the orig­i­nal team made it up to Kar­ratha to cel­e­brate the 25-year an­niver­sary of the Kats' 1991 premier­ship.

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