A reunion for the 1965 Premiership Winning Group 11 Under 18 teams is being organised for 2018 for players and guests. All members are being contacted to participate in the event. Tony Hardman is seeking a picture of the 1965 team and you can contact him on 0402 861 964 if you have any more information.
“A few of the committee and players decided to organise a reunion for the 1968 team and also realised that the 1965 team never had a 50th anniversary so we will be celebrating that too. Rugby League has been a great thing for Canowindra with several international players and coaches being involved over the years,” said Tony.
Canowindra originally had four local teams in their own competition before rep- resenting the town. In 2020 the committee are looking to organise a 100 year celebration, so be sure to keep an eye out for that in the future.
Probable Team 1965:
Full Back: Rodney Traves
Wingers: Mick Moon and Bruce Sutton Centres: Jack Earsman and Daryl Kearns (dec’d)
5/8: Barry Middleton, 1/2: Garry Simpson Lock: Len Ryan (Captain)
Second Row: Brian Moon and Graham Thomas
Front Row: Mick Kinsela and John Breen Hooker: Trevor Rice
Reserves: Pat O’Neill and Bob Newcombe Coach: Peter Duffy
Team From Group 11 Program 1965
Full Back: John Haddon
Wingers: John Ray and Graeme Traves Centres : Pat Clyburn and Robert Sutton
5/8: Bill Hilton, 1/2: Trevor Simpson
Lock: Peter Fitzgerald (Captain)
Second Row: Laurie Dennis and Graeme Veney
Front Row: John Cousins and Peter Sar- gent
Hooker: Gary Carpenter (dec’d)
Reserves: Ray Melhuish, Daryl Fleidner and Bert Clark.
Coach: Gerard Fisher (dec’d)
Tony Hardman has been researching old newspaper extracts to find out some more information including; “Eugene Breen was first to score a Rugby League try in Canowindra for Easts. Father of “Bundah” and grandfather of Paul”, he said.
Rugby League has been a big part of Canowindra’s community and it’s important to celebrate and remember these occasions.