FRIDAY will be a special day at Kootingal Oval.
The Kootingal Rugby League Football Club’s 1963 Under 18 side will begin a reunion with an official opening ceremony at the ground including the former club secretary and almost all of the side that won the Group 4 Second Division Under 18 premiership under captain-coach Rex Morrissey.
That reunion starts at 4pm and will have at least 13 of the original squad on hand, team member Dennis Shanahan said.
Shanahan is excited about the weekend which also includes a dinner for the former players and their wives at Kootingal Bowling Club on Friday night.
“The 1963 Group 4 Second Division and Kootingal club secretary, Kitty Clegg, will officially open the reunion and present players with shirts to commemorate the occasion,” Shanahan said.
“Saturday will have a luncheon at the Kootingal Hotel followed by a social with our local team (Kootingal Roosters) having their club presentation from 1pm.
“Local publican Andrew Yeo is also having a TAB promo with guests Trevor Gillmeister and Allan Robinson ensuring a great afternoon for all.”
Shanahan said the 50-year reunion would celebrate a unique side.
“In those days you were allowed two players over 18 in the side but they had to be under 10 stone,” he said.
Player-coach Rex Morrissey and Barry Coleman fitted that criteria and were part of a side that won the Group 4 Second Division under 18 major and minor premierships.
“We’ve got at least 13 of the side coming back,” Shanahan said.
“A couple are overseas and cannot make it.
“But it’s going to be a big weekend.”
It’s a big weekend for rugby league in Kootingal too, with Gillmeister and Robinson also being part of the Kootingal Junior Rugby League Football Club’s annual fundraiser at Kootingal Bowling Club on Saturday night.
That also looms as a big, fun night.
Tickets for that are just $40 and include a sumptuous Chinese meal at the Bowlo and some entertaining stories from The Axe (Gillmeister) and larrikin former jockey Robinson.