Coalstars' 50-reunion rekindles fond memories of golden era
MORE than 380 people remembered the good old days of Coalstars at Saturday's 50-year reunion at Bundamba.
Former playing greats and loyal club supporters packed the Ipswich Knights clubhouse for a memorable afternoon and evening of banter.
"The highlight for me was to see so many old friends together enjoying the night and reminiscing over a wonderful era of their lives, whichever decade or decades, they spent with Coalstars," event co-organiser Ross Hallett said.
"In particular, the naming of the select teams was very moving and to see the expression on the faces of those players chosen was a delight."
The two Coalstars Select teams were: Men - Ross Kelly, Kevin Caldwell, Ian Lawrie, Morris Woolley, Ian Johnston, Andrew Ogden, Richard Wilson, Mark McNaughton (captain), Mark Brusasco, Dave Wheeler, Alec Cumming, Barry Shreiwieis, Barry Payne, Errol Kreis, Richard Hilli. Coach: Jim Bell.
Women: Belinda Kitching, Teri McQueen, Louise McMurtrie, Kaylene Janssen, Anita Proctor, Gail Williams, Tracey Smith, Michelle Sawyers (captain), Anne Marie Hirsch, Lynne Geddes, Bryony Duus, Ros Brooke, Tamara Kitching, Melissa Soppa, Bev Watts. Coach: Keith Barclay.
Hallett asked Select coach Jim Bell (1969-1972) if he would have liked to guide that team.
"With tears in his eyes, he replied: 'It wouldn't have been too hard. I'd just have to hand out the jerserys'," Hallett said.
Hallett said another fine moment was when former goalkeeper Tony Spruce led a rousing rendition of the Coalstars club song.
The young guitarist who composed the Coalstars theme song came to the reunion from Tasmania, where he has lived for the past 20 years.
Hallett and his organising committee set up a fantastic display of memorabilia and photos highlighting different decades of Coalstars' progress. It covered from the "super 60s" to "end of an era" (1990s).
A superb slide show, organised by Hallett's son Peter, provided a brilliant collection of memories that had everyone engaged.
Former Coalstars legends like Janet Kitching brought along old photo albums, rekindling other fine memories among the many players who attended.
Some Coalstars players proudly wore jerseys they used to play in.
The jerseys were tattered and a bit worse for wear but highlighted how much Coalstars meant to those who once played in them.
It was a celebration of cherished Ipswich football history.