Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

FORMER STATE REPS to HONOUR SWIFTS; Milestone Moments to Berecalled at 100 Year Lunch

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

FORMER STATE REPS to HONOUR SWIFTS; Milestone Moments to Berecalled at 100 Year Lunch

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Byline: Tom Bushnell tom.bushnell@qt.com.au

Anniversary Celebration

Limited tickets are still available for Swifts Sportsman's Luncheon on Saturday. Cost is $50. Contact Desley Court on 0415 106 947.

A courtesy bus is available from 10am.

THE last two footballers to be selected for Queensland while playing A-Grade for Swifts are among the legends that will help the club celebrate 100 magnificent years.

Kevin "Chicka" Stephens and Bruce Coles are set to join Bluebirds greats like the Walters, Coyne and Morris brothers, as well as the under-18 1985 premiership-winning team, at a Sportsman's Luncheon on Saturday to mark the historic occasion.

Stephens, 72, was picked to represent his state in 1967.

Having first thrown on a Bluebirds jersey in under 14s, proud Ipswich man Stephens adores the club that was the vehicle for him earning state honours.

Still today, he has many close friendships fostered through rugby league, and the old boys still catch up and watch Swifts run around at home games.

"If they play to their potential every week they can do it," he said when asked how he sees the A-Grade squad's chances this year.

"They have beaten the top side and been beaten by the bottom side.

"But it is easy sitting in the lounge chair."

Noted defensive specialist Coles, 75, was introduced to Swifts after playing for Central State School as a child.

The centre progressed through the ranks and earned his Queensland berth in 1968 following strong showings for the Bluebirds throughout the 66 and 67 seasons.

"I only ever wanted to play Bulimba Cup, anything on top was a bonus," he said.

"I lacked a bit of speed so I didn't think I would go any further but Queensland needed tacklers that year."

Coles lined up in the 1968 interstate series opposite the likes of rugby league immortals Graham Langlands, Bob Fulton and Arthur Beetson. …

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