City lads recall the glory
WHEN the City Rugby Union club folded it was like losing a part of the family for Mark Walters.
“All my family were very involved,” he said.
Walters was there at the death as a player but could have continued with the football code as he is still only in his early 30s.
“I could have played for other clubs, but it would not have been the same,” he conceded.
“City used to train at the end of the street and that was how I started playing for them.”
The end came for City in 2003 after the club had enjoyed a reasonably successful history having been one of the foundation clubs for the area.
That was 1969 and in its first year City made the A-grade grand final only to lose to Army.
Those early days were good for City as it was a finalist in each of the first five years, winning in 1970, 1971 and 1972.
Unfortunately those early days were also the best years for the club as it went through a number of troughs before finally bowing out six years ago.
After making the A-grade semi-finals in 1999, when suffering a narrow loss to Dawson Valley, and in 2000 the club suffered some serious setbacks.
“Then a lot of players left and we dropped to sub-union,” Walters recalled.
Now Walters and fellow former City players Kelvin Carolan and Wade Mann are keen for a City club reunion which may even fire up interest in the reforming of the club they all loved.
Carolan, a former breakaway, has equally fond memories of City.
“It was a club full of friends; we all looked after each other both on and off the field,” he said.
“If anything, we were probably too social,” he added with a smile.
Not all took the game socially as one of the City number, Jim Rothery, went on to represent not just Queensland Country, but also Queensland.
“We made the grand final in 1980; that was a good time as Jim Rothery was the captain and he led by example,” he said.
Mann said even though club members have moved from the area they still meet occasionally and talk about old times.
“There were a lot of friendships, many of the indigenous people of Rockhampton played at the club,” Mann said.
All three would like to test community interest for the reforming of the City club, but first they are testing enthusiasm for a reunion to celebrate the 40th anniversary of City becoming a foundation club.
“The idea is to get some of the guys back,” Walters said.
“We just want to get a bit of spark back in the club.”
Walters said the function will be held at Bauhinia House on the evening of November 7,
“We are looking for expressions of interest by October 22,” he added.
Those needing more information should contact Walters on 4914 0147.