The 1968 premiership-winning West End rugby league team.
The 1968 premiership-winning West End rugby league team.

Reunion relives West End's 1968 triumph

RUGBY LEAGUE: Players involved in past glories gathered at Swifts Sports Club recently to reminisce about West End defeating Norths (formerly Railways) in 1968 to win the senior premiership.

The Golden Oldies Reunion is held each year by the I.R.L. Old Boys' Association to honour the senior players from 50 years ago.

Men from both teams travelled from the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and country areas to share the occasion.

Some of the players and club supporters had not seen each other for years.

Almost 100 people listened to guest speaker Brendon Lindsay, the manager of Rugby League Ipswich.

Lindsay gave an informative talk on his local and overseas playing career and his thoughts on the game today.

President of the Old Boys Jan Christison handed the inaugural Bob Christison Memorial trophy to Col Dwyer, the 1968 West End captain to commemorate the team's success.

This trophy will be presented each year to the premiers of 50 years ago.

Ray Powell was captain/coach of West End's opponents Norths.

It was in 1968 when Norths first competed under their name, changing from Railways.

It was also the first year West End wore the bulldog emblem on their jerseys.

Meanwhile, the Annual Meeting of the I.R.L. Old Boys will be held on Thursday at league headquarters, starting at 10am. Everyone is welcome to attend.



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