AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS 40 YEAR REUNION
To celebrate the 40 Year Anniversary since the selection of and tour of England by our first Australian Schoolboys team, a reunion was held at the Steve Waugh Room at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday 22nd September, 2012.
The function was combined with the launch of our newly published book recording the history of Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League, In a Class of Their Own. The updated version of our promotional DVD, again produced by David Rowlands, was also launched. It was one of the finest moments in our history.
Players and officials of all past teams were invited to attend this professionally organised function. Hosted by Tim Gilbert from Channel 9 Sports, it was an event of which we should be very proud. Key-note speaker was Roy Masters, coach of the first ever touring team in 1972. Roy was at his laconic best in reminiscing about his team, even revealing some long buried memories. Author of the book, Charles Magee, outlined his passion for the outstanding piece of work which he wrote and so thoroughly researched. Tim interviewed our first Captain, Royce Ayliffe, a “mid term” Captain, Danny Buderus, and our current Captain, Adam Elliott.
Former Rugby League internationals, Danny Buderus, Matthew Gidley, Nathan Cayless, Bradley Clyde, Ian Schubert, Royce Ayliffe and many other high profile players were in attendance. As well, former Australian Schoolboy Coach and international player and coach, David Waite, was also in attendance. David was a contributor to the "reflections" in the book. All former players and officials were complimentary on the standard of this event and of the quality of the book, of which, they are the prime subject.
Neil Cadigan, consultant editor, and Gary Lester, publisher of In a Class of Their Own, were also able to be in attendance to see the book launched.
The day proved to be a great opportunity not only for former teammates to “catch up”, but for many former players to mix socially with players from other years and eras, and share not only memories, but that great thing they have in common, the experience of having represented Australia in the great game of Rugby League. There was a real feel that we were one big happy family, and a great day was had by all. All former Australian Schoolboys representatives who attended left with a pack that included a copy of both the book and the new DVD, as well as a commemorative glass celebrating 40 years of ASSRL.
See the Photo Gallery on the home page for a pictorial record of this event.
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