Hundreds enjoy league reunion
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 email@example.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.