Congratulations to everyone for a great day. That could a bit of Rex Mossop’s tautology. How can you have a great day when you lose 6 games? First Grade 51-21, Seconds 41-0, Thirds 29-12, Fourths 38-0, First grade Colts 68-7 and Second grade colts 48-8. It was amazing how positive the atmosphere was at the end of the day. Colts came back from Forshaw Park and the club house was still full at 8 o’clock with past players. In our first round against Southern Districts we didn’t have Fourth grade, Firsts were beaten 81-0 and Seconds lost 108- 7.
A lot of hard work has gone into getting us where are. Firstly I would like to thank Mark Hartill who fought hard to get the players to training. A fortnight out before we played Manly in the first round at one training we had 20 players. Both Mark and Peter Koen held countless meetings with NSWRU to keep us in the comp. Peter Koen has kept the dream alive by developing the colts. The 2009 squad have spread far an wide but hey have all stepped up whether it is for Parra or at another club. This years Colts are young and will be back next year and those who turn 20 will fit into grade well with some already having a run against Penrith.
The honoraries have continued to work tirelessly. Ian Carke, Joe Scott and Frank Lawson have Granville Park looking a treat. Alan Minett working as the ground announcer and time keeper and his wife Margaret in the canteen have continued their long association. This is coupled with Lorraine Holman in the canteen and Brett Gilbert and Peter Moore on the BBQ.
Our Board, ably led by President Steve Boland, have been active along with Belly in securing sponsorship and pointing us in the right direction. They are all kept honest by our canteen worker and treasurer Greg Baker who always says there is no money. They all deserve a mention.
A lot of old boys and legends returned - there were some notable people. Adam Duigan who usually only ever turns up with in bare feet at least wore thongs on Saturday because his wife told him to. She must love him. Johnny Gardiner was there, wearing his 78 blazer and still being able to fit into it. J.G was so keen to play first grade that he decided one day he was not fit enough and did 500 sit ups. He ended cramping up and not going to work for a week. Johnny Drocker Drocker was there also. John was on loan from the Fijian army in 1984 and played second row. He is the toughest person I know. We were playing Manly and they were awarded a scrum on our line. John had dislocated his knee earlier. I said you have to go off, he said "after the scrum". We took the tight head and were able to find touch with a kick. John is doing his PhD in Political Science at the Australian National University. Warren Robillard who coached Southern Districts wore his Parra jersey under his Souths T-shirt.
A special mention must be made of Jason Folomu and James Riddel who prepared and cooked the hangi. It was really much appreciated.
Lastly everyone needs to put Friday 24th September in their diary and book a table at our fundraiser at Rosehill Racecourse. It is $150 per person or a table of ten for $1,200. Robbie Deans is the key note speaker along with Nick Farr-Jones.
See you there.