[Article 4804]2016 Pratten Park Magpies Reunion.

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Cover of the 2016 Pratten Park Magpies Reunion program.

This years themes are the last full season at Pratten Park and the last season at Lidcombe Oval.

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Nathan Cole and Brian Cook.

Two of our helpful Committeemen ready to show you where to go!!!

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Behind the scenes things are getting ready. With the help of Bill King.

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 Table 9 ready for the Big day ahead.

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The PPM members and guests start to arrive.

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Mike Bailey welcoming everyone to the 2016 reunion.

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Some of the large crowd.

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President Mick Liubinskas also happy to see the large number of ex players and guests.

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Speaking of special guests… PPM Patron Harry Wells with Alan Davidson AM MBE.

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Harry a few years earlier.

After the welcomes it was time to catch up with old mates.

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Noel Rogers and Paul Dixon OAM

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Jon Clark, Noel Kelly, Ted McCabe, Michael McLean and Trad McLean.

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Tony Andreacchio, Hollywood Cole, Rodney Cavalier AO and John Brown AO.

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Denis Culpan and Pat Thomas.

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Pat was the half back in this famous match against Saints.

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Two Kelly’s Kids : Barry Glasgow and Steve Winter.

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Barry far right in 1968.

Back to 2016.

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Flying Full Back Ken Bray and Noel Kelly.

Congratulations to Noel for being awarded Life Membership of the Men of League.

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Ken Bray in full flight.

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 Jim Leis, Alan Fallah and First timer Stephen Mullen.

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Noel Dolton and John Hayes.

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Noel playing for Parramatta.

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Pat Daley , Ken Morris and Don Williams.

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Denis Brown, Barry Glasgow and Barry Shepherd.

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 David Turner, Jack Walsh, Ric Tozer and Terry Fisher.

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Garry Clarke and Geoff Sutton.

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Two ex Feds boys Peter Ford and Wayne Bennett.

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Jim Myers, Lindsay Sinclair, Billy Heyes and David Kennedy.

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Big Steve Winbank and Don Williams.

Steve is President of the Western Sydney MOL.

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David Kennedy, Garry Clarke Tom Arber and John Cattell.

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More Kelly’s Kids:

Mick Alchin, Barry Glasgow, Rod Smith and Steve Winter.

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 Mark Beaven , Tommy and Wayne Smith.

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Some of the boys from the Campbelltown era. AKA the Noisy Table….

Glad you could make it. Hope you had a good time. See you all next year.

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Time for some fun….a game of Heads or Tails.

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Heads or Tails in full swing.

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 Rod Smith.

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Rod scores a try a few years early…

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 Bruce Clark.

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Tim Pickup, Stephen Mullen and Martin Pickup.

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Luke Goodwin and dad Lord Ted Goodwin.

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Lord Ted playing for St George.

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Mark Wallington aka Mark the Magpie.

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Mark and new mascot at Lidcombe Oval

One the highlights of the day was the presentation to Mark for his years of service as Wests mascot the Magpie.

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 Five Wests coaches from Mark’s, time as the Mascot.

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Ken Gentle, Steve Ghosn, John Bailey, Tommy and Lawrie Freier.

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Mark Wallington.

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 Well deserved Mark.

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Tony Blaikie, Bill Wilson, Denis Culpan, Colin Bell, John Curran,

Roger Buttenshaw, Ken Bray, Kevin Hayward.

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Barry Bryant and John Elford.

Barry was inducted into the Cowra Rugby League Hall of Fame. Well done Barry.

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Barry at the age of 36 playing for Cowra in 1981.

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Robbie Payne, Lincoln Raudonikis, and Mick Liubinskas.

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 John “Chow” Hayes.

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It is 50 years since Noel Kelly became Capt/Coach of Wests.

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Peter Dimond cant believe his ears….

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Peter Diamond 1967 sent off SSG

Peter Dimond sent off at the Sydney Sports Ground 1966.

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To check more about this great era of Wests just click on link below.

www.noelkellyskids.info

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John Baker, Jack Leary and John Fisher.

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Good report on John and Frank Tagg.

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Colin Lewis, Denis Brown and John Kearns.

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Tony Blaikie.

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Lawrie Freier and David Gallagher.

Every year we all stand as one in silence for one minute as we remember the Wests men who have died in the last year.

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 Brian Kowald.

Vale men.

Three ex Wests players and one coach told us some very funny stories from the Good Old Days…..

 

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Jim Leis.

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Ken Gentle.

Ken coached Wests 1st Grade between 1984-1985.

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Alan Fallah.

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Darren Britt.

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Darren in his playing days with Wests.

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Neville Sinclair and Nathan Cole.

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Don Moseley and Jim Myers.

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Try time for Jim.

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Dick Small.

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Jason Stafford.

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Jason playing for Wests in the 1980’s.

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Gary Lester talking about the new Clouds of Dust Buckets of Blood book.

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Cover of the brilliant book.

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View of Gary Lester talking about his book taken from the Media Box.

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The two gents who supply the sound and video clips.

Russell Smith and Stephen Askins.

(Not sure but Russell maybe listening to the last at Royal Randwick.)

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Colin Lewis.

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Two famous authors Noel Kelly and Gary Lester.

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Mick Alchin.

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Mick Alchin V’s The Berries.

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Wayne Kirby, Lindsay White and Geoff Squires.

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Tony and Peter Ford.

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What a sight…Tony Ford kicking.

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Carl Ross.

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Lindsay White , Greg Hodge, Trevor Cogger, ???, Mick Pinkerton and Brett Gale.

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Mark Manston, Tommy and Greg Hodge.

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Paul Mildwater and Stan Mildwater. Stan is Wests oldest grade player . Only 99.

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Lord Ted and Tommy.

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Lawrie Freier and Bob Cooper.

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John Bailey.

John coached Wests 1st Grade between 1988-1990.

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 Alex Brown, Tom Lawler Noel Kelly and Jim Leis.

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Patrick O’Doherty, Rob O’Sullivan and Gary Bukowski.

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The boys are getting ready for the Raffle draw.

Note: all but one played for Wests in the Kelly’s Kids era . Which one ???

The BIG Raffle starts.

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Getting ready to press the magic button…..

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First prize goes to …………Ron Chilcott.

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Brian Cook cant believe it. Mick thinks its funny.

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Winners are grinners…..Well done John Rochester.

John was a member of the winning 1961 3rd Grade team.

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Lucky last Nev Sinclair.

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Having regained their composure Brian Cook and Mick Liubinskas.

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Kevin Bryson and Denis Green.

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Nathan Cole and Jim Brophy.

I notice that Jim Brophy has his bag over his shoulder that means it must be almost time to go home or the downstairs bar.

( I think Nathan Cole is going to take up the second option)

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Also the Chairs of Knowledge are empty……..

It was a great day and my thanks go to all the hard work from the PPM committee men who once again put on a wonderful Reunion.

See you all next year.

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