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Classy Kookas turn 50
By: Ian Peterson

CANLEY Vale Kookas celebrated 50 years of rugby league recently with past and present players.

Among the former Kookas players and rugby league stars at the junior club's milestone event were former Parramatta Eels players Michael Buettner, Michael Vella unfortunately Brian Jackson was unable to attend.

What a great night with our guest speaker former rugby league great Johnny Peard who played for Eastern Suburbs, St George and Parramatta throughout the 1960s and 70s and is famous for inventing the punt kick now particularly known as the "bomb".

Resident Canley Vale Kookas histotian and organiser of the night, Noel Clarke, said the 120 people who attended thoroughly enjoyed the night at Lansvale United Sports Club.
"We had a wonderful night, it was
fantastic," he said.. "We had a lot of stories from past greats and older members of the club talking about how great it was to be a part of the Kookas, and that once a Kooka always a Kooka

"We also had well-known comedian Kenny Graham and he was a laugh-a-second and I think everyone has sore ribs after he was finished on stage."

The Kookas entered 11 teams in the 2012 Parramatta Junior District competition with three of them making it to the grand final.

The C Grade side only lost two games all season and won their grand final 28-16 against a fast finishing Wentworthville.
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Former Kooka jnrs, Eels, NSW & Australian Stars Michael Vella & Michael Buettner at the Kookas 50th anniversary bash on Saturday night.

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7th November 2012
Rugby League Legend Johnny Peard Introduced the bomb to our game

Steve Burraston, Johnny Peard & Marty Potter

Some members of the Premiership Winning C Grade

Noel Clarke & Steve Burraston, Steve coached the '89 A gde premiers
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