After a three year hiatus Pratten Park Magpies held our 2022 Reunion at Wests Ashfield Leagues on Saturday 16 July.
For those fortunate enough to attend, what a wonderful day…many saying our best ever Reunion! Without running the risk of sounding too bromantic, there was a lot of love in the room. For those unable to attend…we missed you and sincerely hope you can make it next year.
The theme for the Day was Our Fullbacks – Our No 1’s and what a formidable line-up we had highlighted in interviews with Don Parish, Tony Ford, John ‘Joe Cool ‘ Dorahy, Gary Jack & Andrew Leeds.
Who will ever forget the inspiring interview with Col Ratcliff (the last surviving Member from our 1952 Premiership winning team) and the standing ovation he received.
It was wonderful to have Tim Sheens take time out of his busy schedule to join us.
Great to see several of our 90’s players in attendance, many for the first time as we celebrated our 1992 Premiership winning Presidents Cup team.
There were so many people who contributed to the success of the day. Once again Denis Culpan, Pat Regan & Steve Winbank assisted with the sale of raffle tickets…thanks to all of you. Indeed a big thank you to Steve who travelled from Noosa to call the Calcutta Melbourne Cup race and what a fantastic job he did!
Thanks to everyone who supported the Raffle and Calcutta. All monies raised on the day subsidise our NSW & QLD Reunions as well as our Annual Music Memories & Munch where we invite Widows of our Past Players to celebrate their husband’s footy careers with the Magpies.
We had some outstanding raffle prizes and I would like to acknowledge the contributions made by the following Sponsors…Sydney Cricket Ground Hospitality, The Village Florist Hunters Hill and of course Western Suburbs Magpies FC.
Thanks to Simon Cook CEO Wests Ashfield and his staff for their fantastic support in providing our lunch and beverages.
Thanks to Rick Wayde and the Archives Team for providing the audio/visual presentations and ongoing support.
A big thank you to John Wiles who, as he does every year, provides our Annual Magazine and other printing needs.
We were indeed fortunate to have Brian Cook a.k.a. Captain, Cooky and Construction Worker as our Master of Ceremonies. He kept us amused and entertained throughout the afternoon and I am sure you will agree, he has the gig for as long as he likes! Many of us were privileged to have played alongside Cooky or been coached by him but we are now ALL privileged to have him as a Mate!
Finally, days like Saturday don’t just happen. There is a lot of preparation and planning that goes into the event and we are indeed ‘blessed’ to have a passionate team of Magpies on our Committee who put it all together. They seek no plaudits but should be congratulated for their efforts.
Whilst a team effort, I would particularly like to thank Geoff Squires. Geoff’s contribution to Saturday is as always absolutely enormous and could never be overstated. We are all deeply indebted to you Geoff!
Pratten Park Magpies
One of the many tables set and ready for the Reunion
Pat Regan and Carl Ross
Fred and Scott McKenzie
The Rose Boys Terry and Greg
Paul Dixon, Barry Pierce, Cec Ainsworth and Nipper Leary
John Harbon, Bryan Schafer and Jeff Aplitt
Jim Begnell, Nath Cole and Geoff Henry
Michael Neill and John Cogger
Steve Ryan, Steve West, Col Ensor and Geoff Spotswood
Ken Hey and Steve Ghosn
Phil Franks and Ken Vessey
John O ‘Bryan, Terry Rose, Greg Rose and Wayne Bennett
Roger Buttenshaw and Steve Winter
Guest and Wayne Jenkins
Gerald Celarc, Bruce Clarke and John Bailey
Our Brisbane connection Dale Hall and Garry Bukowski
Matt Ryan, Russell Hill and Matt Threlkeld
Chow Hayes and Barry Pierce
Marcel Giagodi, Sandrio Ottavino and Gary Walsh
Col and Greg Ratcliff
John Purcell, Gary Walsh, Tim Murphy, Barry Glasgow and Steve Winter
Chad Harris and Mark Keenan
John Eisenhuth, Michael Duke, Steve Eisenhuth, Trevor Cogger and Steve Broughton
Don Parish and Brian Cook
Don in his playing days
Col Ensor, Steve West and Steve Ryan
Roger Buttenshaw and Ray Culpan
Pat Thomas and Bill King
Les Hobbs, Bob Sly and Ron Chilcott
Tim Sheens, Phil Franks and Don Parish
Time for the official start of the Pratten Park Magpies 2022 Reunion
Our new MC Brian Cook
After the Welcome to Country it was time to remember the PPM members who have passed away since the last reunion
Part of the large crowd listening to Cooky
We all stood as one to toast and remember the old Magpies who are no longer with us
Mick Liubinskas presenting John Harbon with his Life Membership of the Western Suburbs D.R.L.F.C
Nathan Cole trying to explain the rules for this years Raffle which also involved a Calcutta Melbourne Cup race
A lot of fun
Our guest race caller Steve Winbank
Steve Halovic, Kevin Bryson and Denis Culpan
Denis selling Steve the winning ticket??
The owners of the horses have been called up by the stewards
The horses have jumped ……Steve “Ken Howard” Winbank is calling the race
The winners are grinners
Tony Ford and Kris Ford
Joe Begnell and Grant Fyvie
Trevor Cogger and Leo Epifania
Leo in his playing days
Lincoln Raudonikis, Semi Hausia and Robbie Payne
Steve Ryan and Ron McDonald
Ken Hey and Dennis Burgess
Rick Wayde and Tim Sheens
John Hardgrove, Andrew Leeds and Neil Davidson
Andrew in his playing days
David Trodden and Geoff Armstrong
Col Lewis and Tony Ford
Tony in his playing days
Neville Sinclair, Lindsay Sinclair, Peter Duggan and Mark Manston
Josh White and Mick Pinkerton
Arthur Mountier and Bruce Clark
Photo of Bruce, Arthur and Dallas from 1982
Jim Leis, Wayne Smith and Bob Cooper
Wayne in his playing days
Mark Toomey, Paul Clarke and Steve Eisenhuth
Brent Knowles and Geoff Ibbett
Herb Smales also Peter Di Michiel in the background
Don Parish and John Dorahy
John in his playing days
A excellent lunch was prepared by the Wests Ashfield kitchen
One very happy customer Jason Benge
Andrew Leeds, Josh White and Garry Jack
Gary in his playing days
Peter Young and John Purcell
Ross Epifania, Neil Bennett and Ken Hey
Part of the winning 1992 Presidents Cup Team
Jason Benge, Matt Ryan, Matt Threlkeld, Russell Hill and Josh White
OUR THEME FOR THIS YEAR IS OUR FULLBACKS OUR NUMBER ONES
*This year we salute another unsung hero of rugby league, the FULLBACK
Over the years Wests have had many brilliant Fullbacks the photo below is five of Wests best
Tony Ford, John Dorahy, Garry Jack, Don Parish and Andrew Leeds
Andrew Leeds taking a photo of his fellow fullbacks
John Dorahy, Garry Jack and Don Parish
Rick Yabsley and Alan Fallah
Geoff Squires and John Faulkner
Bruce Gibbs, Bob Cooper, Peter Duggan and Mick Liubinskas
Steve Winter, John Fisher and Mick Alchin
Rob Rowland Smith and Steve West
Col Ratcliff the sole survivor of the winning Wests 1952 First Grade Premiership Team was interviewed by Brian Cook
The interview ended with a prolonged standing ovation for this true Wests Legend
Col and Brian Cook
Col speaking of a game that was played 70 years ago
Col with his two sons Stephen and Greg
Greg, Stephen, Col , Garry Jack and Cooky
Time to wrap up the day with the drawing of the lucky raffle winners
First prize winner Gary McFarlane
Second prize winner Steve Winter and Nath Cole
Third prize winner Lincoln Raudonikis and Nath
Nath Cole, Cooky and Josh White
Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was that I had such friends – W.B. Yates