Killarney Vale, 40 Years Young
This weekend Killarney Vale Bombers will be celebrating their 40th anniversary.
Former players and officials are converging on Adelaide Street from Friday to Sunday with a formal dinner to be held at the Diggers Club, Long Jetty on Saturday Evening. There, the club will conduct an ‘On the Coach’ interview with the three players who have gone onto the AFL: Mark & Jarrad McVeigh along with recent GWS recruit, Daniel Lloyd.
The Club will also be naming their best players over the past 40 years in a ceremony at the function.
As a background to Killarney Vale we bring you a bit of their history.
Football was first played here on the Central Coast in 1971 when enthusiasts formed a club at Gosford.
Initially there were going to play in the Sydney second division but changed their minds and affiliated with the Newcastle League.
They built the side up and to a first and reserve grade club. Initially they played Avoca Oval, then when the tip site at Adcock Park, Woy Woy was filled and prepared they played their last one of two years there.
In late 1975 they decided to withdraw from the Newcastle League and form their own competition.
The club at that time had players from all over the Coast. From Woy Woy to Toukley so a meeting was held at the Gosford Sailing Club to form five separate clubs. Gosford, Narara-Wyoming, Terrigal, Woy Woy and The Lakes or Wyong as it later became.
There were several meetings in and around the Entrance/Killarney Vale area to get a team off the ground but received little or virtually no support.
Bowing to pressure if not encouragement,late in 1977 posters were stuck in shop windows and businesses along The Entrance Road from the intersection of Wyong Road.
A meeting to form the Killarney Vale club was held in late October with about a dozen people turning up. Most of them stayed and many played in the first year and some in the second of the club but by then they were not exactly young men. Nevertheless, they filled the ranks.
An under 17 junior team was formed a few months later.
While the club have always trained at Adelaide Street, for the first two years they played their home games at Don Small Oval, formerly known as Tacoma Oval, Wyong’s home ground. At that stage there was adjacent rugby field and soccer fields running north south on the Adelaide Street venue.
Following negotiations with Council and the Rugby club, Killarney Vale played their first game at Adelaide Street in 1980 and had the Mayor of the Wyong Shire, Tim Farrell, bounce the ball to start the match.
And now the rest is history.
Photo: KIllarney Vale Original Recruitment Pamphlet