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Mt Isa's 1969 Foley Shield team celebrate 50 years

Mt Isa's 1969 team - including former Brisbane Broncos chief executive Bruno Cullen - celebrated 50 years in style in Townsville. 

Members of the original team of 18 celebrated at Brothers Leagues Club on September 21 - the same day they won the initial Foley Shield back in 1969. 

The celebration was part of a full weekend of shenanigans. 

Co-convener John Moran said around 120 ex-players, who represented Mt Isa over a 25-year period in the Foley Shield, gathered at Brothers to celebrate and renew old friendships and mateships.

The 1969 Foley Shield team. Photo: rth_images by Robert Hiette
The 1969 Foley Shield team. Photo: rth_images by Robert Hiette

"Wives, families, friends of ex-players and several ex-officials of the Mount Isa Rugby League came together to round out a great weekend of remembering old team mates and to celebrate that 50th Anniversary victory all those years ago," Moran said. 

"The day commenced at 11am and was still going at 11pm."

Two 1969 players Tom Tassell and George Herwig have passed away and were represented by their wives at the function. Another three players - Bruce Phillips, Tiger Slater and Kevin Weinert - could not be at the dinner as they are now in aged care. The other missing player was Stan Suchowiecki, who had medical appointments at the time.

Kev Duve attended the function but was unable to be there for the photo session.

The conveners conducted a raffle of a copy of Tony Price`s book More than the Foley Shield, autographed by all the players selected in Price's Queensland team.

Money raised from this raffle will be donated to the Men of League Foundation. 

Photo: rth_images by Robert Hiette
Photo: rth_images by Robert Hiette
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