[Article 345]2013 Pratten Park Magpies Reunion

This year the Pratten Park Magpies Reunion was celebrating

The 1963 Grand Final (we were robbed) and the 1963 Kangaroo Tour,

the first Australian team to win the Ashes on British soil.

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The very famous photos taken after the 1963 Grand Final.

Norm “Sticks” Provan and Arthur Summons.

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This photo was taken seconds after the famous one.

Arthur’s face says it all!!!

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Arthur still unhappy about the ref.

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The room before the Big event.

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The Room a couple of hours later.

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Bob Dickinson getting ready with the name tags.

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Table Flags with the different eras.

(It helped the older players find their table)

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Norm Dhu and Noel Trevena.

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Gordon Kennedy, Barry Shepherd and Paul Dixon.

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Two old Magpies, Stan Mildwater aged 96 and Ted Dunn aged only 92.

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Laszlo Parcsi, Wayne Jennings and John Coates.

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Barry Glasgow, Harry ‘Bomber’ Wells and Barry Bryant.

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Ben Fisher, TV Star Alan Davidson and Don Parish.

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Don was the Captain/Coach of the Wests Devils in the Illawarra Comp.

They won back to back premierships in 1969 and 1970.

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Denis Culpan and Roger Buttenshaw.

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John came along with his own stats.

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John 50 years ago.

(Thanks to Steven Lalich for the photo).

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Col Davis and the Ford Boys, Tony and Peter.

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Don Hall and Denis Culpan.

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Mark Wallington and Peter Di Michiel.

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Rick Wayde and Arthur Summons.

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Kevin Storey, Col Lewis and Carl Ross.

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Jim Leis and Mark Bevan.

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Barry Glasgow checking in with Jim Brophy.

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Wests running onto the SCG in the 1963 Grand Final.

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Some of the same Wests 1963 team up on stage.

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Noel Kelly reliving the ’63 Grand Final.

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Wests team and program 1963 Grand Final.

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Big Kel O’Shea leading Wests onto the SCG 1963.

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Col Lewis, Harry Wells and Alan Davidson.

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Col Ensor played for Wests in 1979 and Balmain in 1977.

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John O’Bryan and Barry Bryant.

John played at Wests 1972-1974 for 40 First Grade games.

Then a season at Manly in 1975.

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John Mc, Kevin Brown and Geoff Squires.

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It’s that time of the day again … singing time.

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“We are the boys from Western Suburbs, come along and ….”

 

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‘Bruiser’ takes over the singing.

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Mike Bailey wishing he could sing that good ….

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Meanwhile Don ‘Irish’ Malone signing the 1963 GF Program for Steve Dillon.

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Don ‘ Irish’ Malone and Norm Provan.

(Thanks to Steven Lalich for photo).

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Nebo meets Steven Lalich

WARNING: If you see the 2 steves at any function be nice as they are true collectors and sell none of their signed memorabillia.

Check out their website www.legendsofleague.com

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Rick Wayde talking to Gary Lester about Wests Spirit.

Gary is a sports writer who worked at THE SUN newspaper.

He has written many books including

Clouds of Dust, Buckets of Blood.

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Two words spell out the Wests Spirit … Jim Cody

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Jim running past ‘Big’ John O’Neill in 1969.

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More Wests Spirit …. Roy Masters talks from the heart about his time with Wests.

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To top off the Wests Spirit … Tommy.

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Tommy a few years earlier.

“It is not the critic that counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly… who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat.”

Teddy Roosevelt

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Steve Reeves talks about the next generation of Magpies.

Steve is the Manager-Football Operations of Wests Magpies.

www.westsmagpies.com.au

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Tim Murphy and Tim Pickup.

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Tommy and Don Parish.

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Tony Lewis and Steve Winter.

Tony has a website www.noelkellyskids.info

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Steve with the ball at Henson Park.

Wests players L-R John Maxwell, Barry Bryant, Nebo, John Baker.

 

Steve scores a great Wests try against St.George in 1968.

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Tony Lewis wasn’t sure who these guys were … 1961 Reserve Grade Premiers?

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A proud Ted Brennan with his youngest son Stephen.

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Two Behind the scenes Wests men. Charlie Tuxford and Horrie Jowsey.

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Jon Clark and Dick Small.

Back to 1963

 The 1963 Kangaroo Team were also remembered on this day.

 Wests had four players who went away with this famous team.

 Kevin Smyth, Peter Dimond, Noel Kelly, and

Capt/Coach Arthur Summons.

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The winning Australian team 1963.

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Ned scoring an easy try.

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Phil meets Mr. Dimond.

Back to 2013

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Peter Ratcliffe and his Dad Col Ratcliffe.

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Wayne Merry.

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Here’s a rough mob.

L-R: Stephen Tamone, Garry Clark, David Kennedy, George Moroko and Wayne Smith.

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Ned, Ray Brown and Arthur.

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Trevor Cogger and Ned.

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John Walsh and Dave Turner.

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Pat Regan.

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Sid Walsh and John Kearns.

The sad and moving part of the day.

Obituaries 2013

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The Controversy Corner Panel

Alan Clarkson, Rex Mossop, Ferris Ashton and Noel Kelly.

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We all stood as one in respect and silence as their names were called out.

Speaking of Wests men … 3 regular attendees were missing on the day,

Billy Owens, Paul Dillon and MC Bruce Sacre.

Even though Bill was not present, his video presentation about Wests in 1963 was, as always, BRILLIANT!

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Bill Owens and Pat Toohey at the 2011 Reunion.

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Paul Dillon at the SCG at the 2012 Reunion.

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That’s Bruce, mike in hand saying SHHHHHHHHH!!! at the 2012 Reunion.

We hope to see all three of these Wests men at the 2014 Reunion.

Thanks to the Pratten Park Magpies committee for a wonderful day.

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The Old Pratten Park gate.

“Think where man’s glory most begins and ends.

And say my glory was I had such friends” – Yeats

Thanks to Wikipedia for the information links to the great rugby league players and others mentioned on this website.



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