With sadness we would like to advise the passing of our long time supporter and Life Member Carol Campbell this
morning after a long illness aged 74.
Carol, whose generosity over many,many years
often knew no bounds to our North Bluebags and later our Women’s teams.
At time of passing,Carol was a very successful proprietor
of Port Hunter Conveyors.
Our condolences go out to Carol’s family,business and work colleagues and her many friends at our club.
Former BHP employee Aubrey Brooks pays tribute to Denis Nichols on 2HD this morning.
Vale Denis Nichols
With deep sadness we would like to advise all our Supporters and Newcastle rugby league supporters of the passing of former Northern Suburbs representative forward Doug Hawke. Without any confirmation Doug would have been our oldest representative player today as well as one of our oldest former players.
Doug was born in Northumberland St, Maryville in 1929, the son of H.(Jerry) Hawke who played for the Bluebags from 1928 through to 1935,as well as representing Newcastle in many matches culminating in his selection for Country Seconds in 1931.Jerry then went on to be a North’s coach and official for many years.
Doug,like his father went on to represent the Northern Suburbs club with distinction going straight from Under 20’s in 1949 to first grade in 1950.That in itself is a fantastic achievement,considering the calibre of our forwards at that time and right into the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Doug played from 1950 through to 1957,playing in our 1951 and 1953 premiership winning teams, then going on to represent Newcastle on many occasions including several games for NSW Country.
Some of Doug’s notable achievements:
1952 Newcastle vs New Zealand.
1952 Coalfields vs St George.
1953 Country 2nd’s vs City.
1953 Newcastle Vs America
1953 Coalfields vs Newtown.
1954 Country 2nd’s vs City
1954 Newcastle vs England.
1955 Newcastle vs France.
1955 Newcastle vs South Sydney.
1956 Newcastle vs Coalfields.
1956 Newcastle vs New Zealand.
1956 Newcastle vs South Sydney.
Our condolences and thoughts go out to Doug’s family at this time.
Funeral details are as follows:
Generation City Church,Tudor St,Hamilton this Thursday from 11am.
* It was at this Church that Doug spent many hours cooking for the homeless.
Many thanks to Garry Pyers for his assistance in helping with information on Doug, including supplying the recent pictures of Doug doing some wood turning as from only 2 weeks ago.
We would like to let everyone know that former Northern Suburbs and Newcastle Representative fullback
Neil Hancock passed away earlier this week.
On behalf of the North Bluebags we would like to pass our sincere condolences on to all of Neil’s family,friends and teammates.
See attached post for Funeral details.
Just a reminder its now one week to the Northern Suburbs Old Boys Day Reunion to be held next Sunday at Carrington Bowling Club.
Former Kurri Kurri and St George International
Eddie Lumsden has passed away this morning.
Eddie coached the mighty Northern Suburbs
Bluebags from 1970 -1972.
Condolences go out to Eddie’s family,friends and former teammates.
On behalf of the North Newcastle Bluebags Committee
we would like to advise that fellow committeeman,friend
and long time supporter Don Mason has left the playing field.
Our condolences and thoughts go out to Garry,Greg
and all of the Mason Families.