Passing of Life Member and long time supporter Carol Campbell.

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.
R.I.P Carol.

Passing of former Northern Suburbs player Denis Nichols.

With sadness we would like to advise all of the passing this morning of former Northern Suburbs, Newcastle Representative front rower and club Life Member Denis Nichols this morning after a long illness.
A few notes on Denis’s fantastic career at North’s 1965-1973.
* Former North’s Junior.
* 1965 3rd Grade debut.
* 1965 Reserve Grade debut (after only one 3rd grade game)
* 1965 First Grade debut against Central Newcastle at
   Newcastle No 1 Sports ground on Saturday 3rd July 1965.
* 1967 Northern Suburbs Premiership win.
* 1968 Newcastle Representative debut.
* Denis went on to play over 110 first grade games.
* 1971 elected Life Member of the Northern Suburbs Football Club.
* 1974-1975 played out his career with Central Charlestown.
Our condolences go out to Denis’s family,friends and all of his former teammates.
R.I.P Denis.



Vale Doug Hawke 1929 – 2017

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.


Passing of former Northern Suburbs and Newcastle Representative fullback Neil Hancock.








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.