Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Chance to Share Fond Memories; Catholic Primary School League Holding Get-Together

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Chance to Share Fond Memories; Catholic Primary School League Holding Get-Together

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: Len Wilson and Vince Pheely might not have been there when the Catholic Primary School Rugby League Association was formed but they played important roles in its development.

Now they are keen to rekindle old friendships and have a chat about those times and the job they did in ensuring youngsters had a pathway in the sport.

The association was formed more than 50 years ago to provide an opportunity for boys attending Catholic primary schools to play the sport and reach state level. It was something they had, until that point, been denied.

"They couldn't be picked in a Rockhampton side as they were considered to be from private schools," Wilson said.

"A lot of kids would never have seen a rugby league field had it not been for the Catholic Primary School Rugby League."

By 1965, when the pair got involved, the children were playing inter-state but were not allowed to gain selection for Queensland.

Twenty years after its formation in 1959 the organisation had grown and was thriving, with Pheely its secretary and Wilson a member of the management committee, a coaching co-coordinator and volunteer groundsman.

Pheely said it wasn't his idea to organise a reunion but his wife Lorraine's.

"She just said one day, a[approximately]why don't the Catholic Primary Rugby League have a get-together'."

For many of those who had been involved it would be a last opportunity, as they are getting on in years, Pheely said.

So he and Wilson got on with the task of contacting as many as possible for a reunion.

"The response has been magnificent, but there have been some sad moments, when finding out some are no longer with us," Pheely said yesterday.

The reunion is not just about getting old committee members together but everybody who had involvement in the organisation, including players and match officials.

If Wilson and Pheely are a sample of those who were involved there are certain to be lots of stories told once they get together. …

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