PROUD COUGARS: The Casino premiership-winning team of 1990: Back row (from left), Bert Russell (strapper), Evan Taylor, Dene Petty, Jason Rae, Rod Moran, Mick Newby, Dave McKey, Mark Jarrett, David McLean, Brian Olive (strapper); middle row, Mick O’Brien (secretary), Peter Wilson, Graham Russell, Thomas George (president), Ross Conlon, David Torrens, Todd McLean, Jimmy King (treasurer); front row, Geoff Harley, Rod Harley, Cliff Long, Paul O’Brien, Adrian Harrington, Jack Hobbs.
PROUD COUGARS: The Casino premiership-winning team of 1990: Back row (from left), Bert Russell (strapper), Evan Taylor, Dene Petty, Jason Rae, Rod Moran, Mick Newby, Dave McKey, Mark Jarrett, David McLean, Brian Olive (strapper); middle row, Mick O’Brien (secretary), Peter Wilson, Graham Russell, Thomas George (president), Ross Conlon, David Torrens, Todd McLean, Jimmy King (treasurer); front row, Geoff Harley, Rod Harley, Cliff Long, Paul O’Brien, Adrian Harrington, Jack Hobbs.

Casino Cougars reflect on the past

IT HAS been a long time between drinks for the Casino Cougars – 20 years to be exact.

That in itself calls for celebration.

Casino Rugby League Football Club hosts their Old Boys day today where they will celebrate the 20-year reunion of the club’s 1990 grand final victory as the 2010 Cougars aim to claw a hole in the finals aspirations of the Grafton Rhinos.

The victorious 1990 Cougars team included a former NSW and Australia representative in Ross Conlon and a future NSW Country captain in Graham Russell; State MP for Lismore Thomas George was president; and the Cougars’ 2010 first-grade coach Dene Petty was a 20-year-old whipper-snapper making his way in grade.

“That was about 30 kilos ago,” Petty said of his days as a back-rower.

“I remember the day Ross Conlon moved me into the front row and he said ‘remember this day, boy, because you won’t move from here’,” he said.

“He was right.”

Petty has been running around for the reserve grade side in recent weeks – well, kind off.

“I do a lot of walking and pointing and offering my advice to the referees for free,” he said.

But the man mountain is looking forward to catching up with his old mates this weekend.

Club legend David Torrens is another who will be on board for the celebrations.

Torrens won four grand finals across three decades and produced son Clint, who captained the 1995 Under-18 grand final winning side who were the most recent Cougars to lift a trophy.

There are sure to be plenty of tales of glory told at Queen Elizabeth Park today and at the RSM Club afterwards.

All past players and officials are welcome to meet at the RSM Club between noon and 1pm where $10 buys a bus ticket to the ground, entry to the game, a few drinks and lunch.

First grade will kick off at 3pm.

For more information phone Brad Birney on 0438-648476.

The Kyogle Rugby League Club is also sending out a call to past players for their Old Boys day at the local derby between the Turkeys and Cougars next Saturday.

But before they get ahead of themselves, the 2010 Turkeys have the chance to string together three wins for the first time.

Kyogle host Murwillumbah at New Park today from 5.45pm and coach Simon Tough reckons his men can go out with a bang.

“The boys are firing on all cylinders,” he said.

“We love the Saturday night games, we have a couple of wins under our belts and we are keen to finish the year on a high.”



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