OUT OF THE WOODWORK: 100 Years of Rugby League on the Lower Clarence Reunion chairman David Wiseman with HG Sanders Cup – a prestigious trophy from the early 1930s – one of many pieces of memorabilia on display at Maclean Bowling Club this weekend.
OUT OF THE WOODWORK: 100 Years of Rugby League on the Lower Clarence Reunion chairman David Wiseman with HG Sanders Cup – a prestigious trophy from the early 1930s – one of many pieces of memorabilia on display at Maclean Bowling Club this weekend. DEBRAH NOVAK

Legends to be unveiled at Lower Clarence Reunion

THE PINNACLE of this Saturday night's 100 Years of Rugby League on the Lower Clarence Reunion will be the unveiling of the Lower River Legends.

Former president Ross McPherson, along with Billy McCarron, John Brown, Don Watters and Mick Bateman have come up with a selection of the best 17 players plus coach to play since the Lower Clarence amalgamation in 1952.

"It was not easy at all but I reckon it's pretty close to the mark," McPherson said.

"There's some great footballers in there and we could've picked at least another 10.

"Announcing the Legends will be the pinnacle of the whole thing."

The side will be presented in front of a "sellout show" at Maclean Bowling Club, with more than 300 tickets sold.

Reunion committee chairman David Wiseman said the response from the community had been overwhelming in the lead-up to the event.

"We're completely sold out," Wiseman said.

"People have been very supportive."

Wiseman has collected memorabilia for the centenary celebrations, which will be on display at Maclean Bowling Club on Friday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday morning.

"It started off slowly but as it's come closer a lot of things have been brought in.

"A lot of great old team photos going back to Palmers Island in 1920 and Brushgrove in 1928. There's quite a few old guernseys that have come out of the cupboards."

Former Canterbury Bulldogs and New South Wales greats Terry Lamb and Steve Mortimer are special guests for the dinner.

Meanwhile, Wiseman said former Magpies junior Luke Douglas, who plays for Gold Coast Titans against Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval tomorrow night, was hopeful of making it back in time.

Douglas was not eligible for the Legends side because he did not play a full season of first grade in the area. Likewise former Harwood Island player Chimpy Busch - an Australian representative of the 1920s - is another notable exclusion.

"The team is since 1952 because there's blokes like Chimpy Bush and Rocky Laurie, but really there's no one alive to tell us how good they were," McPherson explained.

The Heritage Jerseys - replicas of the mighty Lower Clarence teams of the 1960s - worn by Lower Clarence in their NRRRL clash last Sunday, will be auctioned on the evening. The Aboriginal flag adorns one of the sleeves to recognise the Aboriginal community's significant contribution to the club throughout its history.



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