Together again after 50 years
The mood was both jovial and nostalgic at Mullumbimby Leagues Club last Sunday as a crowd gathered for the 50-year reunion of the Mullumbimby sides and to reminisce on its glory days.
“In 1960 the sides won the grand final in three grades,” said chairperson of the reunion organising committee Peter Plater.
“All were coached by the one man, Ken McMorrow, and it’s a historical thing, something that will never happen again in any club.”
Ken McMorrow originally came up from Sydney to coach the side – ‘they were so friendly to me when I came up here’ – and eventually returned to Ocean Shores to retire, explaining that it was all about this place ‘getting in your blood’.
He said that while the day was a celebration, it was also about honouring a lot of the past competitors no longer with them.
About 80 people, consisting of past players, supporters, wives and girlfriends, got together to enjoy the lunch and the speeches, and to ‘talk and yahoo’, as Peter Plater put it, for some hadn’t seen each other for 50 years, and some had travelled from afar for the occasion.
John Vardey chalked up the most kilometres, travelling from Western Australia for the reunion.
Peter Plater declared the event a great success, with his efforts to contact all past players having the rewarding result of a ‘great turnout’.