50 YEARS STRONG
Who: Canley Vale
Kookaburras Junior Rugby League Football Club
Club Founders: Devitt Dines (former Western Suburbs first grader) and Jimmy Connell
First competition year: 1963
Total Premierships: 72
Past players: NRL players include Michael Buettner, Michael Vella and Brian Jackson
2012 season: The Kookas are still looking for players in juniors and seniors
Anniversary Reunion: The 50th anniversary reunion dinner is on Saturday October 27, at Lansvale United Sports Club. from 6.30pm
Cost: $50 a person
By: Ian Peterson
IT'S been half a century of rough and tumble rugby league but the Canley Vale Kookaburras continue to march on strongly in 2012.
The year the club will celebrate 50 seasons in the junior rugby league starting with the first game of the season this weekend and culminating
with a reunion dinner in October.
"A lot of people have heard of us and a lot of people know of us. Even now we are getting people calling up who say: 'We saw you in the paper and
we didn't know if you were still going' or 'I played for you 20 years ago or 30 years ago'," club president Albert Strohmayer said.
The Kookas tasted success in their first season of football with their then F reserves, which would be
the U-12s today, defeating Cabra Vale Diggers 8-2.
Since tghat first season the volunteer-run clubhas gone onto win 72 junior and senior premierships.
Life member and resident historian Noel Clarke said the club was still strong, winning a string of accolades recently including the Telstra NRL
One Community Junior Club of the year last year.
Mt Strohmayer said he became involved witht he club when his son played for one year 15 years ago.
"The only thing I wanted to do was be a sponsor, my son only played one year of league. So now I come down here for the kids," he said.
The Kookas will turn out in their beloved green and white this weekend at their spititual home ground, Adams Park where they have played since 1967.
Canley Vale Kookaburras founding member Harry Carey, 82, with juniors Connor Marshall, Junior and Javier
Alarcon, Caleb Tohi and Kai Alarcon. Picture: Nick Andrean
With thanks to
18th April 2012