Mac­quarie Ju­niors 1964 Premiers

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - By GE­OFF MANN By GE­OFF MANN

WITH semi-fi­nals un­der­way in the 2019 sea­son, I thought it might be worth rewind­ing 55 years to 1964 when Mac­quarie missed the fi­nals for the first time in liv­ing mem­ory.

Mac­quarie went into the match at Parkes as un­der­dogs against a red hot Peak Hill side, but came away with a hard fought 11-7 vic­tory. WHEN spec­ta­tors ar­rive at Apex Oval on Sun­day, they will be greeted by a sea of green and white as the ever-grow­ing Fishies sup­port­ers group claim their ter­ri­tory at the south­ern end of the Bruce Neads Stand.

The Fishies con­tin­gent will most likely be equaled as the pas­sion­ate Cow­boys ar­rive in num­bers, bear­ing ma­roon and white para­pher­na­lia.

The CYMS/ Welling­ton clash in first grade should be one for the ages. The lo­cals have only missed three grand fi­nals since 2001 while the in-form Cow­boys are aim­ing to book a spot in their first de­cider since go­ing down to Parkes in 2010.

Both sets of fans boast “elder states­men” of rugby league, from the Ah Sees, Stan­leys, Peacheys, Runci­mans and Lou­sicks in the shad­ows of Mt Arthur, to CYMS stal­wart Yeo, Wil­son, O’neill, Walkom and Cook fam­i­lies.

The Old Boys of both clubs re­flect sur­vivors of some great bat­tles since CYMS be­came Dubbo’s sec­ond club in 1958.

The two clubs have fought some clas­sic bat­tles in­clud­ing the 1974 ma­jor semi-fi­nal which took two weeks to de­cide. The match was played in the midst of West­ern Di­vi­sion’s epic run to the Amco Cup, with Welling­ton trio Nel­son Smith, Ge­off Lou­sick and Terry Fa­hey along with coach Johnny King back­ing up from the his­toric win in the NSW mid-week com­pe­ti­tion against CYMS cen­tres West­ern Di­vi­sion reps, Pe­ter Walkom, Col Parkes and John Wil­son.

The in­ter­club ri­valry has seen player swaps, some gutsy wins and plenty of blowout scores in a Group 11 ri­valry be­tween the old Greens Fisheaters, now Fishies, against the Welling­ton Reds/roost­ers and now Cow­boys.

Welling­ton won the in­au­gu­ral post-war Group 11 ti­tle in 1946 but have not tasted suc­cess since the last of four in five years in 1994.

The likes of Tippy Dray, Neil Miller, Pauly Bo­den, Cliffy and Nel­son Smith and Ab Towney will be in ma­roon and white; Ronny Sheri­dan, Des O’connor and his brother Barry, Mick Wil­son, Kel Brown, Bryan O’sullivan, Neil Dodd and co in green and white.

Back row, Chris Wat­ters, Bob Storch, Brian Grif­fin, David Perrin, Ge­off Trud­gett, Brian Grif­fin, mid­dle, Claude Rich (masseur), Pe­ter Atkins, David James, Ross Oat­man, Robert Sin­clair, Ken Murray (coach), front row, Max Low, Alan Ferry, John Wallace, Col Hatch, Teddy Mor­ley

Grand Fi­nal 2010: Welling­ton last played a grand fi­nal in 2010, when they were beaten by Parkes. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/STEVE COW­LEY/FILE

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