All set for big rugby re­union

The Rep - - ON THE SPORT SCENE - By Chux Fourie

PRE­LIM­I­NARY in­di­ca­tions sug­gest that there might be as many as 400 peo­ple at the re­union of rugby play­ers of yes­ter­year, planned for to­mor­row at the Queen­stown Bowl­ing Club.

Ac­cord­ing to Mike Stry­dom, former pres­i­dent of the Swifts Rugby Union, the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee which also in­cludes Peet van der Walt and Tavy Tay­lor, had tried to con­tact as many former Swifts, Pi­rates, Vil­lagers, Park, Tarka, Dor­drecht, Cath­cart, Sterkstroom, Molteno, El­liot and other play­ers as they have been able to trace and the con­cept has been en­thu­si­as­ti­cally re­ceived.

Al­though some of th­ese former play­ers may now be re­garded as be­ing a bit long in the tooth, with some in their sev­en­ties and even eight­ies, pos­i­tive re­sponses have been re­ceived from as far afield as Jo­han­nes­burg, Hu­mans­dorp, Plet­ten­burg Bay, Jef­frey’s Bay, Hu­mans­dorp, East Lon­don and Ralph Cul­li­nan is do­ing his best to get here from Lange­baan.

“This is the first time play­ers from all the clubs have got to­gether and it might be the last. I know of more than one fam­ily which will have three gen­er­a­tions rep­re­sented,” Van der Walt told The Rep.

Many old team pho­tos have been un­earthed, cleaned up and hung in the bowl­ing club, some dat­ing back as far as 1904. The dis­play of pho­tos will re­main at the club af­ter­wards.

The plan is for those at­tend­ing to meet at noon to rem­i­nisce and en­joy a fin­ger lunch while look­ing at all those pho­tos of days gone by. It is hoped that there will be a guest speaker.

In the evening there will be a braai and a big tele­vi­sion screen to watch the fi­nal of the Rugby World Cup.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Stry­dom on 082-490 9369, Tay­lor on 083-974 9755 or Van der Walt on 079-231 1907.

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