Parkes Rovers reunite for 50th

A half century of success and achievement on and off the hockey pitch will be celebrated by the famous Parkes Rovers club on the weekend of October 14 and 15.

Arguably the benchmark hockey club in Parkes over many years for its performance in men, ladies and junior competitions, the black and golds are expecting former players from around the state to return for a weekend of nostalgia.

Formed in 1966 as men's hockey in Parkes started to expand its horizons, Rovers won their first premiership in 1967 and a second three seasons later to trigger their traditional rivalry with the Magpies club.

Premierships continued to flow as the seasons rolled on, with the club producing an endless number of state, country and western representative players.

Heading that distinguished list is the late Paul McGuire, who captained the state in 1985, a rare accomplishment for a country player without experience on the new synthetic turf.

For more information on the weekend’s activities phone Sass on 0431 363 294 or Ciaran on 0432 552 040.

Meanwhile another legendary local hockey club, the Esquire Bears, will hold a low key function in late September to mark their premiership double from forty seasons ago, an achievement marked by the only live local radio broadcast of a hockey grand final.

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