Hun­dreds en­joy league re­union

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FOR­MER Whit­sun­day rugby league play­ers came from right across Aus­tralia for the Great Whit­sun­day rugby league re­union held in Bowen and Proser­pine on the week­end.

The re­union marked the 40th an­niver­sary of the 1973 Fo­ley Shield win­ning Whit­sun­day team and al­most 300 for­mer play­ers, of­fi­cials and friends trav­elled from all parts of Aus­tralia to make the re­union a suc­cess.

Re­union or­gan­iser Tony Price thanked the Grand View Ho­tel in Bowen and the Metropole in Proser­pine for their sup­port as well as all the event’s spon­sors.

“Ev­ery­one had a great time at the re­union and we’ve had noth­ing but pos­i­tive feed­back. There was more than 300 at the Grand View Ho­tel in Bowen on Satur­day and they came from as far as New Zealand and all parts of Aus­tralia,” he said.

“At Les Stagg Oval on Sun­day the 1973 Fo­ley Shield team pre­sented the cur­rent Brah­mans with their retro jer­seys and al­most the en­tire team were there on the day.”

The re­union kicked off with a lunch at the Grand View on Satur­day and con­tin­ued the fol­low­ing day in Proser­pine at the Brah­mans home game against Broth­ers on Sun­day.

Mr Price re­leased a book about the his­tory of rugby league in Bowen, Collinsville and Proser­pine from 1918-1968 ti­tled Be­fore the Pur­ple and Green and now his sec­ond book is al­most fin­ished.

“I’m look­ing for pho­tos and sto­ries from this pe­riod. I don’t care how in­signif­i­cant you might feel they are, I will prob­a­bly use them,” he said.

Mr Price can be con­tacted on 0427 451 913 or by email at tony.price3@big­pond.com.

GOOD OLD DAYS: Proser­pine and Whit­sun­day rugby league leg­ends Terry Tye, Matthew Dray, Billy Ward and Lind­say Mc­Neill at the Great Whit­sun­day rugby league re­union on Satur­day.

PAST GREATS: For­mer play­ers Luchie Gardel, John Wother­spoon and An­drew Col­borne (or­gan­iser) caught up at the league re­union.

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