This years reunion was held early to coincide with the Men of League Heritage Round game between Wests Tigers and Souths. The game was to be played at the SCG but unfortunately due to work being done at that ground the match was transferred next door to the Allianz Stadium.
The Wests teams to be honoured this year are 1952 First Grade Premiers, the 1962 First Grade Runners up, the Amco Cup winners of 1977 and the 1992 Presidents Cup winning premiership team.
Colin Lewis and myself took the photos below. Because of the large crowd of ex players, officials and guests it was not always possible to get everyones name. Please excuse this an email me if you can fill in the missing names.
The day started in the lobby of Wests Ashfield
Jim Cody talking to Alan Davidison and Ken Stonestreet
Colin Lewis and Alan Davidson
Time to leave and get on the bus to the SCG
Getting tickets for Bus to SCG
Inside the Bus
Very tight security at the SCG
Getting name tags from Codi and Todd Liubinskas
(Micks two boys)
Thats Carl Ross looking busy......
Allan played 106 first grade games for Wests
Players and officals from Wests NSW Cup side.
Col Davis and Carl Ross
Ray Bernasconi and Rick Wayde
Davo calling " time to go in.......
Members and their Guests enjoy a quiet drink before the lunch.
Geoff Henry spots his favorite beers.
The Captian of the Pratten Park Magpies Bruce Sacre welcomes everyone .
New Wests director Tony Andreacchio, Mick Liubinskas, Chow and Unknown
Tommy and me.
Tommy in happier times.
Doug Page and sons Michael, Craig.
Noel Kelly and Harry Wells
(thats John Baker back left.)
Dealer at the SCG a few years early
2 Kellys Kids Mick Alchin and Ken Stonestreet
Nebo before the beard.
Players from the 1992 Presidents Cup winning premiership team.
Wests won 15-14. (note who the ref was)
Max Godfrey surrounded by freinds.
Don Mosley locked out...again.
A photo taken earlier.
Daniel Watson Hayes, Chow and Bruce Sacre
Daniel is the General Manager - Football Operations at Western Suburbs Magpies District Rugby League Football Club and a great Wests man.
Two of my favorite Kellys Kids Steve Winter and Tim Murphy
Tim in full side step.
Maybe the SCG??
Carl Ross and Mick Alchin
Gary in his playing days with Penrith
2 more Kellys Kids, John Elford and John Baker
Snozzer in the 1970's
J.Baker around 1968-9?
L-R Ned , Phil Franks , Dealer Wells and Arthur Summons
Arthur Summons at training.
Phil Franks and Tommy
Phil played for Wests, Penrith and Norths and is a Director of Hybrids Code.
Have a look at their website. its all about the 2 codes League and Union playing against each other in a Hybrid game.
Just click on the link below. Its worth a look.
Billy ready to play.
Crowd scene just before lunch.
Col Ratcliffe, Kevin Storey and Tim Murphy
More crowd scenes
Ned and Dennis Burgess singing..."We are the boys from Western Suburbs etc....
???, Stan Mildwater and Peter O' Brien
3 men enjoying the day.
I can count 3 Life Members of the SCG that were at the 2012 Reunion.
Tony Ford, Chow , Peter Ford and Col Davis.
Wests 1952 fiveeight Dev Dines chatting to Mike Bailey
One of the Life Members Arthur Summons with Rick Wayde
3 members of the 1962 Grand Final Side.
L-R Arthur Summons, Rick, Jim Cody and Don Malone
Jim Cody passing John O'Neill
Col Lewis checking out the SCG playing field
Paul Dillon also having a look.
Wests hooker John Purcell (1974 -78) 54 first grade games.
Bill Wilson (famous barefooted goal kicker) and Noel Dolton
One Bill who was not there due to a hip replacement was Bill Hansen
Bill played for Balmain 1961 and Wests 1965-66.
Just about the whole pack was at the reunion.
Missing Noel Thornton(Tweed Heads) and Denis Meaney (RIP) and Bill Hansen (HIp)
Noel Thornton in head gear and Denis Meaney far right. SCG 1966
Bill Hansen and his son Josh.
Hope to see you next year Bill.
Jeff Case and Sterlo
Ray Warren trying to eat Lunch
Brad Fittler and Sterlo talking to some Magpies
4 Kellys Kids in the one shot
L-R Ned back to camera, Barry Braynt , John Baker sitting and John Elford.
A life time ago......
Barry with red hair.
Ivan Jones, Bob Copper and Wayne Smith
Bob in trouble again.....(Sterlo with hair)
Tommy and Gary Pethybridge.
The late Hilton Kidd.
Hilton Kidd (standing) in Balmain colors 1946
Every year we are told of the passing of Pratten Park Magpies members its always a sad part of the day. Below is the list of explayers and friends who have died in the last 12 months.
Also on the day the 1963 Oatley RSL Shield team was remembered.
One of the young players from the undefeated Premiers
Jims bottom left seated on the grass.
Jims dad was a long time Hon Treasurer of Wests Juniors
Nev Hornery was also in this great side.
Nevs far right seated.
Dev Dines and ??? and Col Ratcliff
2 Magpies who went to the Newtown Jets.
Tommy and Steve Blyth.
What happened Tommy??
MUCH MUCH MORE TO COME
Noel Kellys Kids, a website by Tony Lewis, Greg Willis and Steve Lothian honouring Rugby League Legend Noel Kelly and the Western Suburbs Magpies from 1966 to 1969. Noel Kelly,Captain Coach of the Western Suburbs Rugby League Club. The site involves statistics, photos, with interviews from West greats.