North Newcastle stalwarts vow to resurrect the long-defunct rugby league club at junior level

HIGH HOPES: North Newcastle stalwarts, from left, Mark Humphries, Steve Doran, Billy Mattingley, Garry Callaghan and Dave Edwards. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

HIGH HOPES: North Newcastle stalwarts, from left, Mark Humphries, Steve Doran, Billy Mattingley, Garry Callaghan and Dave Edwards. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

THEY played in an era when their club was the pride of Newcastle Rugby League.

GLORY DAYS: North Newcastle celebrate their premiership win in 1979. The Bluebags won 15 first-grade grand finals before they folded.

GLORY DAYS: North Newcastle celebrate their premiership win in 1979. The Bluebags won 15 first-grade grand finals before they folded.

Now a group of former North Newcastle stalwarts want to help resurrect the once-mighty, long-defunct Bluebags, if only at junior level.

At a recent reunion, former North greats lamented the demise of the 1910 foundation club, which won 15 first-grade premierships before it merged with Nelson Bay in 1989.

Over a few beers, they resolved to have a crack at reforming the club and recruiting junior teams.

“If we get one team up, that’s a start,’’ former North premiership winner Steve Doran said.

“It’s to get the old Bluebag jumper back out there.

“We all agreed at the reunion the other day that it was a tragedy not to have one of the foundation clubs still around.’’

Interested parties are invited to attend a planning meeting at Carrington Bowling Club, on Saturday, November 4, from 3pm. 

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