Pratten Park Magpies celebrated our 36th Annual Reunion on Saturday 8 July, when more than 180 guests gathered at Wests Ashfield to reminisce about the good old days from Pratten Park, Lidcombe Oval and Campbelltown Stadium.
Our Reunions are always great Days, and this one didn’t disappoint with a great vibe in the room. The only complaint received…was that it finished!
The theme for the Day was our Queensland Connection with Special Guests Steve Jackson, Bob Lindner, Jim Murphy, Bobby O’Sullivan, John Ribot, Jason Stafford and Scott Tronc all in attendance.
It was wonderful to have Lee Hagipantelis and Tim Sheens take time out of their busy schedules to join us.
It was an absolute pleasure to have our Penrith Panthers connection, Royce Simmons, Brad Waugh and Alan Mair with us.
It would be remiss of me not to mention our Co-Patron, Harry Wells who along with John Elford travelled down together from the mid North Coast and back on the same day. What an honour to have them with us!
Undoubtedly the highlight of the day, was the wonderful Panel Interview by our Master of Ceremonies, Brian Cook with our Special Guests, Jim Murphy, John Ribot, Bob Lindner, Roy Masters and Mick Stone!
There were so many people who contributed to the success of the day. Thank you to Bruiser Clark, Garry Walsh & Steve Winbank who assisted with the sale of raffle tickets. Indeed, a big thank you to Steve who travelled from Noosa to call the Calcutta Cox Plate 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…SCG Hospitality, Concord Golf Club, Western Suburbs Magpies FC and the Holman Barnes Group.
Many thanks to Bob Dickinson who, as always, did a great job on the Door.
Our Reunion would not be at all possible without the tremendous support of the Holman Barnes Group Board of Directors, Management and Staff…Thank You!
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.
Pratten Park Magpies
Below are a few photos from the 2023 PPM Reunion
Bob Dickinson from the Wests Archives
John Elford and Don McKinnon
Harry Wells and Rick Wayde
Geoff Dillon and Alan Fallah
A warm welcome to all from PPM President Mick Liubinskas
MC Brian Cook
The Wests Ex Queensland players were asked up onto the stage plus two ring-ins
Mick Stone, Bob Lindner, Jim Murphy, Roy Masters and John Ribot
Jim Murphy, Roy Masters and John Ribot
Phil Franks and Steve Winter
Bill King and Adam Kent
Earnie Garland and Tom Arber
Peter Duggan, Garry Clarke, Brian Cook
Greg Rose and Lindsay Sinclair
Tony Ford and Ted McCabe
Tim Sheens and Les Boyd
Mick Neil and Peter Barr
Wayne Bennett and Mark Keehan
Gary Hooper and Richard Keats
Col Lewis and Garry Walsh
Shane Day and Warren Snodgrass
George Cooper and Dexter Dunworth
Cox Plate Calcutta Horse Owners
Cox Plate Calcutta Horse Owners
Steve Winbank calling the Cox Plate Legends Challenge Calcutta with Chief Steward Steve Eisenhuth looking on
Bruce Gibbs, Les Boyd, Rob Rowland Smith and John Elford
Steve Winter, Jeff Nielsen and Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown, Mick Alchin, Ted McCabe and Alan Stephens
Tony Ford kicking a goal at Lidcombe Oval
Jim Brophy, Denis Brown, Jack Leary and Barry Pierce
Lee Hagipantelis, Neil Davidson and Geoff Squires
Harry Wells, Lindsay Sinclair and Tim Sheens
Denis Brown, Barry Pierce, Paul Dixon and Cec Ainsworth
Wayne Bennett, John Crow and Colin Ferrier
Ken Gentle and Herb Smales
Geoff Ibbett and Brent Knowles
Dennis Culpan and Ray Culpan
Jim Brophy and Gary Hooper
Royce Simmons and Leo Epifania
John Cattell, Geoff Gardner, Wayne Smith
Adam Kent and Wayne Jenkins
Fred and Scott McKenzie
Gary Piper and Bob Lindner
Nath Cole and Mick Liubinskas