IN 1945, the world was nearing theend of the second World War, the firstSydney to Hobart was run, racing legendPeter Brock was born, then PrimeMinister John Curtin died andEastern Suburbs defeated Balmain22-18 in the NSWRL grand final.
And Orange CYMS Rugby LeagueClub was formed.
Today, the Green and Golds willcelebrate its 70th anniversary with abumper day at Wade Park, withgames beginning with the under 16sat 9am before league tag, under 18s,an old boys game, first division andthen premier league all take the fieldagainst Bathurst St Pat’s to celebrateseven decades of footy.
It’s a remarkable feat for the Greenand Golds, with the 70-year stretchnetting the club 26 senior premierships;10 in premier league, six in firstdivision and 10 in under 18s.
The club has also won one ClaytonCup, going through the 1954 Group10 season undefeated to be crownedthe best club in Country RugbyLeague that year.
CYMS’ president Ray Agland saidit is special to be part of the club: “Notevery club is fortunate enough to bein this position, and when you thinkback to 1945 when CYMS started, thesecond World War was only just ending,”Agland said.
“It’s a great thing for us to be ableto celebrate such a history.
” The club will also be holding aball tonight, with former CanterburyBankstown Bulldogs great GraemeHughes to perform master of ceremonyduties, while current St GeorgeIllawarra prop George Rose will be aguest speaker on the night.
“There’s been a lot of preparationgo into the day, not just the night,”Agland continued.
“It’s probablybeen a 12 month thing.
We’ve got over 350 tickets sold forthe night and we’ve got a lot of memorabiliaon hand for the night so peoplecan have a look at the history ofthe club over 70 years.
“And to have the calibre of personsuch as Graeme and George comingup to be part of it all, it’s great for theclub.
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