Passing of Kelvin Rayfield former player from the 1991 squad.

Announcement from Ray Keightley.

It is with great sadness to inform all involved with the North Bluebags in the 1991 Grand Final winning side that their mate and second rower Kelvin Rayfield has passed away after a battle with illness, our sympathy to his mum Noelenne and family.

On behalf of the North Bluebags, our condolences go out to Kelvins family, friends and former teammates.

 

 

 

 

We would like to advise of the passing of former club Junior Terry Mitchell.

  

We have just been advised that former Northern Suburbs Junior and member of the all conquering undefeated Under 20’s squad of 1970, Terry Mitchell has passed away after a long illness. After playing with North’s, Terry went on to play with the Shortland Devils, featuring in 99 games and then entering the Australian Defence Force.
Terry’s son has also also made mention that Terry was a very proud Bluebag who grew up in Wickham.
On behalf of the North Bluebags our condolences go out to all of Terry’s family, friends and former teammates.
Funeral details to follow when available.

 

Old Boys Bowls Day vs Waratah-Mayfield.

From the North Bluebag old boys.
An open invitation to all for the old boys bowls day to be held at the Adamstown Bowling Club between the North Bluebags and Waratah-Mayfield on Wednesday
21st July.
Registration – 9am.
Bowls to commence – 9.30am.
There will be a $10.00 meal supplied, with raffles to be conducted throughout the day.
For any further information, please contact Reg Toby on 0412847570.

Passing of former Northern Suburbs and Newcastle Representative Hooker Don “Ducky Williams

We would like to advise everyone today of the sad passing at 1pm of former Northern Suburbs and Newcastle Representative Hooker, Club Life Member Don “Ducky” Williams after a long illness.
 
Don “Ducky” Williams.
Born in Wickham 3rd November 1934.
Northern Suburbs Junior.
1952 Under 18’s Minor and Major Premiers.
 
A few notes on Donny’s senior career:
Northern Suburbs 1954 – 1965
1954 Reserve Grade debut.
1957 First Grade debut vs Waratah-Mayfield at Waratah Oval.
1959 First Grade Premiership win vs Maitland.
1962 First Grade Premiership win vs South Newcastle.
1964 Made a Life Member of the Northern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club.
1965 Retires after dislocating and fracturing his elbow in a scrum against Macquarie United at Passmore Oval.
Almost 150 First Grade games in total.
 
Representative Career 1958-1962
Coalfields vs Western Suburbs (Sydney) in Newcastle 1958.
North Sydney vs Newcastle at North Sydney Oval 1959.
Newcastle vs New Zealand at Newcastle No 1 Sports Ground 30th May 1959.
Newcastle vs Northern Division at Maitland Sports Ground 1st May 1960.
Riverina vs Newcastle (Final) at Wagga Wagga 8th May 1960.
Newcastle vs France at Newcastle No 1 Sports Ground 21st May 1960.
Northern Division vs Newcastle at Gunnedah 22nd April 1962.
Newcastle vs North Coast Division at Cahill Oval 29th April 1962.
Western Division vs Newcastle (Final) at Parkes 6th May 1962.
Newcastle vs Great Britain at Newcastle No 1 Sports Ground 4th June 1962.
Donny played an incredible part in the Northern Suburbs History. He was part of a golden period where the mighty Bluebags had Representative Hookers that extended almost to over 25yrs in succession. Firstly led by Bob Crane, Harry Gibb, Donny Williams, John “Wagga” Knight and finally Alan Jones.
Donny was also part of the 1962 star studded Newcastle Representative team that played Great Britain at the Newcastle No 1 Sports Ground.
 
After Donny’s playing days he fulfilled may roles that included Vice President and Reserve Grade Coach in 1967, 1971,1983 and a fulfilled the role of a selector from 1972 and on other occasions.
 
We will advise later of Funeral arrangements that will still include Covid restrictions.