Jimmy was the co-founder of our club we joined the Parramatta District competition back in 1963
In the early years Jimmy coached 2 teams to victory. U/12 in 1964 and u16 in 1968 in 1965 Jimmy's team U13 were defeated in the Grand Final.
Along with Dev Dines the two men met at the Kookaburra Hotel (Now Richards on the Park) Canley Vale in 1962 after watching a junior game and both agreed it was time for Canley Vale had their own club.
Everyone in the Parramatta District and possible every other district will know Harry, a lover of our game and still (2009) does some time keeper just to keep his hand in and interest going. Harry is also a life member of the Parramatta Junior League as well as the Parramatta Senior District Club.
Harry has given close to 60 years of his life to the game he played as a young man and has been a part of the officialdom for many years on the Parramatta Junior League committee.
Harry continues to pop into run his eyes over the Kooka juniors just about every Saturday during the season, he is always a very welcome visitor to the park.
We struck a shield in Harry's name in 2002 which is presented each year at presentation day.
"The Harry Carey Perpetual Award" for Players Player Mini-Mod and where possible we have Harry present his award each year.
Every one will know the name Warner Young, he holds the record as the longest serving secretary from 1974 through to and including 1981. Warner went on to become Executive Officer of the Parramatta District Junior League a position he held with distinction for many years.
Awarded Life Membership in 1982 Ray and his son Greg were both involved with teams as either Coach or Manager. Ray was manager of the under 17's when they won the premiership in 1977.
Sadly Ray passed away on the 14th February 2010. The following tribute is from Terry Rose CEO of Parramatta Jnr League emailed to clubs on the 15th Feb.
Good Afternoon All.
it is a sad occasion I write to you to advise the passing of one of the truly good guys of Junior Rugby League in Ray Johnstone.
Ray passed away peacefully at his nursing home at 1am, on Sunday morning 14 February he was aged 89.
Ray was a member of the Merrylands Club in the 1940’s where he carried out official duties and first aid. before transferring to Guildford, where he managed teams and was a committee member. Ray the moved onto the Canley Vale Kookas Club where he spent many years with the Club becoming a life member.
Ray then joined the Junior League Advisory Committee in 1981 where he spent endless hours registering players and attending junior matches. He was famous as the head of the then Grounds Committee. In 1990 he was elected a Life Member of the Parramatta District Junior Rugby League.
Ray Johnstone leaves us with not an enemy in the world, he was a friend to all and a decent human being. He is now in another world no doubt toting his walking stick and customary Arnotts Biscuit tin full of his junior league stamps and accessories.
Thanks Ray, you were a champion bloke.
During Stan's years with the club he was a very busy worker holding several positions. Team Manager, Coach, Board of Management 1991 to 93 Senior Vice President 1994 Treasurer & Asst Secretary. Also held various positions on committee; Appeals Committee & Trials Co-Ordinator Was also voted as Clubman of the Year in 1991.
Premiership winning coach with the under 9's in 1991 and the under 12's in 1994. Stan was awarded Life Membership in 1993 of the Kookas.
2004 was Stan's 10th year with the Parramatta District Junior League, he was awarded with Life Membership of the Junior League that year.
Stan retired from the junior league in 2005 after moving to the Central Coast he was also doing it tough the last few years with a severe back injury which prevented him carrying out is duties.
Secretary for a 4 year perion from 1989 to 1992.
Alf was the club auditor for many years he was awarded Life Membership in 1994.
Alf was very instrumental in gaining incorporation for the club and was a tireless worker during his term as secretary.
Alf was also a member the Parrmatta Junior League for a number of yeas and received Life Membership of the junior league in 2003.more -->
A member who didn't no the meaning of "it can't be done" Brian was always a willing worker. Was a deserved recipient of "The Clubman of the Year" for three years in a row, 1987, 1988 & 1989 the only time it has been awarded more than once to the same person. Received life membership much later than he should have, 1999.more -->
Joined the club in 1990. Asst Team manager 1994 Manager 1995-1997 Treasurer 1997-1999 president 2002-2005 and again in 2008 and returned as president in 2009.
Some improvements during his presidency are; The new fence - Awning over front of amenities block - signage over the container - night lights to allow for night games - new ground PA system. Instigated, built and maintains the club website - Was responsible for the publication of the year book first published in 1997. 40ft container added to the park to house our office and storeroom.more -->
After 17 seasons with the club helping out in the canteen for a number of years and serving on the committee Remy was voted a life member in November .
Remy joined the club back in 1990 when she brought son Joven to the club to play in the under 7s. Joven has also received "Player Life Membership" after 10 consecutive years of play with The Kookas.more -->
Toni has been a very strong part of the Kookas since 1996 managing the same team through to the under 16s.
Toni was the club secretary from 2002 through to 2006 a total of 5 years, she also had a couple of years as social secretary all this whilst still finding time to continue managing her team.
Was secretary during the improvements to Adams Park, eg; Night Lights, Awning, fence etc. including 40ft container to house our office and storeroommore -->
Since joining the club in 1994 Albert has been a very strong supporter of the Kookas firstly as a team sponsor then joining the committee as a very willing helper if anything is broken or in need of repair around the park Albert is always the willing hand to put things right.
In later years Albert served on the board of management firstly as Vice President then Treasurer followed as President for 2 years 2006 & 2007 then again as vice president in 2008 then again as president from June 2009.
Albert is our chief chef on the Bar-B-Q at home games and has gained quite a reputation throughout the Parramatta district for his mouth watering steak sandwiches.
In 2011 he converted the old canteen into the visitors change as a number of visiting players seemed to enjoy belting & damaging the roller/shutter door between the the home & visitors change roomsmore -->
Emma has given meritorious service since 1994 firstly as a partner in a team sponsorship for 7 years. She has carried out work on the financial side of the club assisting husband Albert when he was the treasurer.
Emma has always been available to help out doing jobs for the club whenever needed. She has made many hundreds of chicken schnitzels for the canteen a sourse of much needed profit.more -->
Fred receives his life membership for the many years of meritorous service to the club. Fred marks the lines on the playing surface every Friday ready for Saturdays games. He has also been a team manager for several seasons, has helped out as ground manager when needed in general Fred is available to take on tasks handed to him and will see it through. Fred is very reliable and is usually first at the ground on game days.more -->
Stephen has been a member of the club for the past 10 seasons and has been an active member firstly as a parent who was a willing helper and for the past four years as treasurer. Stephen introduced a standard procedure which all treasurers can follow in the years to come.more -->
Ali has been a member of the club since 2002 and has covered ream managers job for all of theose years she has had 3 boys play for the club one being Lorenzo played Harold Matthews in 2011.
Lorenzo was awarded Player Life Membership in 2011 after playing a continous 10 seasons with the club.
Ali has been a member of the board of management for the past four years as assistant secretary.more -->