Macquarie Juniors 1964 Premiers
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