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Canley Vale Junior Rugby League Football Club Inc started back in 1963 the brain child of our co-founders the Late Jimmy Connell and former Western Suburbs first grade player Dev Dines.

Since those early days the club has enjoyed a great deal of success with the first premiership win in our second year of competition in the Parramatta District League. That win by a team made up a boys between 8 and 12 years of age was to be the first of many in the years to follow.

Between 1964 and 2000 the club has won a total of 53 Premeirship Titles with all age groups from under 7's through to the open A Grade sharing in the club's long and very proud record.

In November of each year the Club holds its Annual General Meeting where a 6 member Board of Management is elected by the members. In the 36 years the club has been operating there have been 14 different Presidents, 10 secretary's and 15 Treasurers. We boast a Life Membership of 24. Life membership is granted to a member in recognition of many years of meritorious service to the club and to the District the club serves. The first club member to receive life membership was co-founder the late Jimmy Connell, a well deserved honour awarded in November 1969.

Players are granted life membership after playing for a continous unbroken 15 years with the club. We currently have 4 player life members, one of our player life members played again during the 1999 season with our A Grade team.
The birth of the club took place at the Kookaburra Hotel in Canley Vale. The first meeting was attended by a number of very keen supporters of the idea, a ballot took place on the night for the election of the inaugural executive the result was; President Frank Johnson, Secretary the late Ken Lloyd and treasurer Laurie Mason these three men along with the other members of the committee were given the job of getting the club off in the right direction, which they did very well setting an extremely strong foundation for the years to follow.

In the years since our first entry into the Parramatta District Competition we have had some very good players pass through our ranks and go onto be selected for representative honours. One of those players was Neil Hunt who played for several seasons with Parramatta including a Grand Final. Neil also represented New South Wales in a State of Origin Game. A number of other players to be graded or contracted to Parramatta in either the "Harold Mathews, "S.G.Ball", "Jersey Flegg" or Higher, are as follows;
Tony Alexandroff Adrian Anderson Garry Bergamin Michael Berkutov Peter Bevan Brian Boston
Dwayne Brown Michael Buettner Steve Burraston Dave Cairns Paul Carey Bob Cass
Paul Chesher David Chesher Ron Choyce Adam Clarke Joven Clarke Ryan Clarke
John Cooper Matthew Darke Rodney Feltham Chris Davies Shannon Dibley Stuart Dines
Wayne Ducker Doug Era Greg Era Joe Fidelli Warren Fitzpatrick Rodney Grief
Alex Grimaldi Bruce Grimaldi Greg Harris Clint Harvey Marvin Hicks Wayne Hughes
Stewart Hynes Brian Jackson Robert Jay Paul Langmack Brad Latham Jason Levi
Wayne Levy Andrew Luc Phillip Mann Dave McCrohon Warren McDonald Brett McEvoy
Steve McKenzie Mick Meadows Alfonso Medei Wayne Merry David Metcalf G. Moore
John O'Brien Noel Parke Dave Patman Gregory Perrin John Perry Adam Philps
Adam Philps Marty Potter Paea Pua Danny Ramsay Mahanga Ratahi Grant Redman
Gary Reed Mark Reed John Ring Neil Ring Ian Roberts Craig Roberts
Robert Ryan Ian Saunders Glen Scott Steve Sharpe Tapai Smith-Tepu Brett Snowdon
Don Stacker Eddie Sua Siikaeha Teaupa John Tohi Lorenzo Toohey Jamie Tuit
Jeff U'Brien Greg Varley Michael Vella Glen Walsh Jason Watson Matthew Whitehouse
Terry Wilson Robert Wilson        
If anyone has a photo of other players, please let me borrow them so they can be added here.
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Two former coaches for the Kookas who gave of their time so keenly winning 2 premierships were father and son duo Dasher [Dave] & Bomber [Steve] Burraston who are still into Rugby League being heavily involved with the Newcastle Knights. Steve is the CEO of the Knights. Below is the list of coaches to enjoy success on more than one occasion are;
Jimmy Connell x2 Dick Simpson x2 Laurie Littler x2 Danny Holmes x2 Steve Gray x2
Greg Johnstone x2 Stan Langlands x2 Wayne Harvey x2 Steve Burreston x2 Dave Burreston x2
Allan Doohan x2 Andy Luc x2 Charmaine Heta x2 Peter Tattersall x2 Neil Cartwright x2
Bob Stanley x3 Dev Dines x3 Neville Potter x3 Bert Bass x3  
Bert Bass also won a Coca Cola Knockout in the same year as his premiership win.
If I have missed any one from the above lists then I would be very grateful to receive information that allows me to update our records.

The club welcomed the commencement of the new millennium with just 7 teams in the competition well down on previous years, however by years end there were 3 teams to contest the grand final, U10's coach Ray Howitt U13's coach Bob Stanley and U14's coach Todd Armstrong. [Todd took over from Tony Allen about half way through the season] A Great effort by all concerned.

The 10's met Cabramatta in the Grand Final at International Oval, Seven Hills. What a game, I thoroughly enjoyed the game, with what I think, for a couple of teams of under 10 year olds was fantastic. A fast, strong running lot of Kookas who deserved to be the champions, with a win over Cabramatta of 19-8 the boys did themselves, their coach and club proud. Congratulations boys and Ray!!

The 13's went down to Wentworthville in a game played at C.V.Kelly Park Toongabbie. A game coach Bob would have loved to win to equal the club record for a coach of 3 grand final wins, alas Bob have another go next year. With a four pointer early the boys then went into their shell and allowed the opposition to over run them to a resounding Wenty win of 42-4. Bad luck boys try again next year. Remember its hard getting to a Grand Final so when you do get there you have to give everything you have, you must give a 100% effort from the first whistle right through till you hear the final whistle. Team, you did well to get to play a grand final. Lots of players junior & senior never get to experience the excitement of that. WELL DONE!!

The under 14's took the field against Holroyd again at C.V.Kelly Park and by halftime our boys trailed 26-0. I'm afraid the second half was just as upsetting for the team, they just couldn't get going at all, we all know they can play a lot better than they did in this game. Well its back to the drawing board and 2001.

In 2000 a decision was taken at the annual general meeting to switch our allegence from the Kookaburra Hotel after some 38 years to Lansvale United Sports Club in Shortland Street Canley Vale, the reason for leaving the hotel was that after a very expensive renovation the owners decided, to part company with the junior club. At Lansvale United the juniors were very welcome.

To many members, it was a sad time, after all the years being supported by the Kookaburra Hotel, it certainly was a strange feeling to have to switch our loyalties. But this we did, obviously we MUST be loyal to our sponsors. The switch was organised by the management of the club in 2000 and commenced at the beginning of the 2001 season.

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After our 40th anniversary gathering at Lansvale United Sports Club, which closed at midnight, a small party of revellers (16) wanted to bat on so moved ourselves to our previous sponsor which also showed we still appreciated their long term sponsorship but to our surprise we were met with a difference that certainly wasn't a welcome. It was on that night we had learnt the true facts about the change of our major sponsor. I won't go into the details surfice to say it was a totally different story.

After a number of meetings with the Webster family, who had been, and rightly so, very aggressive towards us. After telling them our side of things and after the several meetings we were able to bring the Webster family back on board as our major sponsor.

2007 saw the sponsorship dollors double from Phil, Vickie and Audrey Webster from "Richards on the Park" hotel and so the junior club severed ties with the Lansvale United Sports Club. It has to be said that our affilliation with that club was a very happy one but a full return to our inaugural sponsor just had to be made.

The last three players from our club to make it to an NRL club team are Michael Buettner, Michale Vella and Joven Clarke.

Michael Buettner Michael Buettner
Michael commenced his junior playing days with Cabravale Diggers JRLFC, after their withdrawal from the competition he transferred to the Kookas. Michael has represented at both Sate & National level.
In 1991 Michael as captain of Westfields Sports High School he was selected in the Australian Schoolboys team. After being a very successful junior rep player with Parramatta Michael moved through the ranks to the top team with the Eels.

A move saw Michael with the North Sydney Bears for several years until the merging of Norths with Manly and forming "The Northern Eagles". In 2001 Michael rejoined Parramatta and played what some people say was one of his best seasons, playing great rugby league he was instrumental in Parramatta making it to the Grand Final for the first time in 15 years.

Michael Vella
Another of our former players to make THE BIG TIME is Michael Vella. Michael is listed in the names above and this year [1999] has been giving his usual 110% every game he has played for Parramatta Eels & Has now been rewarded for his efforts by being selected in the NSW state of Origin team for the 2nd of the 1999 showdowns played at Stadium Australia Homebush.

Michael Vella only knows one way of playing the game of Rugby League and that is hard & fast from the first whistle to the last. We congratulate you Michael, could the next step be a birth in the Aussie Rep team. Yes he made it to the Top Team in 1999
After great efforts in 2000 & 2001 Michael was re-signed by Parramatta to a lucrative 4 year deal making him [I would think] the first Million Dollar player from the kookas.
Michael Vella

Joven Clarke Joven Clarke
Joven continued his rise in rugby league after gaining selection into the "Possible-Probables" team to play at Steelers Stadium in Wollongong after which he gained selection to the NSW U17's team which was announced to play an U17 state of origin game as a curtain raiser at Sun Corp stadium in Brisbane for the 2nd NSW V Queensland clash in 2000.

The it was back to school football for Joven where again he was selected in the NSW Schoolboys open team to again play in Brisbane in the Australian Championships. After a few games the selectors announced the Australian Team to play New Zealand in two tests again in Brisbane on Sunday 10th and Wednesday 13th September. Joven was selected on the wing in the Australian Schoolboys team for 2000. A report by the coach of the Australian team can be read Here
Joven played rep football for Parramatta, in 1999 as a member of the Harold Matthews side and 2000 in the S.G.Ball team were he was the top try scorer both years. He then re signed with Parramatta for 2001 again in the S.G.Ball side, again top try scorer. At the end of the S G Ball comp he played Jersey Flegg gaining a start in 10 games, scoring 12 tries, he was equal top try scorer for that year.
2002 Joven was signed to a 2 year contract with the South Sydney Rabbitohs on their re-entry into the NRL competition after a 2 year absence. He scored 16 tries for the year. 3 in Jersey Flegg 9 in First Division & 4 First Grade. Joven had been signed till the end of the 2003 season, however Souths then resigned him till the end of 2004 he then played on in premier league till the end of 2006 season. Joven's Record

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