The Rock Yerong Creek celebrates 50 years

John Yates former Chief Commissioner of NSW AFL with John Warren former Director of Coaching, Australian National Football Council. Former Club coaches – Bruce Stewart (1979-80), Bob Delanty (1963-64), Bob Driscoll (1977-78), Greg Carroll (1981-82), Bob Little (1965) Jason Brown (2005-07), Matthew Carroll (2003-04), Colin Carroll (1990-91 and 1995) and Peter Elliott (1973-75).

Lindsay Salter, The Rock Yerong Creek’s first coach in 1962 and current coach Michael Mazzocchi.

Club Legend Don Taylor played 453 games, is a life member of the club, has coached and was president in 1976 and a winner of the Verdon Medal in 1969.

Bill Shaw first president after the amalgamation in 1962 and Lindsay Salter first coach after amalgamation in 1962 reunite.

THE Rock-Yerong Creek celebrated the club’s 50th anniversary on Saturday night at the Yerong Creek Bowling Club.

More than 250 people attended the reunion celebrations following the game against North Wagga.

The reunion brought together past greats of the club as well as present day players and the next generation.

Former Magpies came from as far away as Hervey Bay, Northern NSW and Victoria for the chance to catch up with old friends and team mates.

The Magpies got the day started with two big wins in the first and reserve grades, which only made the night better.

Former coach Bob Delanty was recruited from Collingwood in 1962 and took over the coaching reins in 1963 and 1964.

He had travelled from Tocumwal for the reunion and said it was a marvellous day. “The club has gone from strength to strength since the amalgamation and the local players are the backbone,” he said.

On Saturday night coaches and players from each decade were interviewed and an acknowledgement given to life members.

Former club president and reunion committee chairman Greg Verdon said everyone had enjoyed the day and night.

“The feedback we’ve received has been fantastic and a couple of good wins by the boys made the night that much more enjoyable,” he said.

TRYC players wore commemorative jumpers on the day and they were auctioned off on Saturday night.

“It exceeded our expectations … we left them dirty from the game but that didn’t detract from it,” Verdon said.

A big crowd attended the match and it is estimated about $7000 was taken at the gate.

THE ROCK-Yerong Creek made an ideal start to the season with a comfortable 81-point win over North Wagga on Saturday.

The Magpies never looked in trouble after keeping the Saints scoreless in the opening quarter and extended the lead at each break, finishing 19.13 (127) to 7.4 (46) at Victoria Park.

The win excited the large crowd, who had gathered to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary. Ryan Chamberlain and

Chris Ward inspired the win with classy displays at either end of the ground.

Playing his first game for the club, Chamberlain racked up 27 possessions through the midfield and across half-back.

While Ward, who missed last year’s premiership with injury, was a man on a mission and kicked seven goals in a dominant performance in attack.

Despite the winning margin, captain-coach Michael Mazzocchi was unimpressed with some aspects of the match.

Yet, in the end he was pleased to come away with a win. “I wasn’t overly happy with the first half but that was more to do with North Wagga’s pressure and all credit to them,” he said. “Overall I was happy with the endeavour but we’ll have to work on our skills and those one percenters. “I’m not rapt with how we got (the win) but the result is what’s important at the end of the day.”

Ward kicked the first goal of the season as TRYC kicked 4.5 (29) to nil in the first quarter. North Wagga ramped up

the pressure in the second quarter and the Magpies struggled to adjust as the game descended into a scrappy, error-riddled affair.

TRYC only managed two goals in the quarter and got an angry response from Mazzocchi at the half-time break as they led 6.8 (44) to 2.2 (14). The team stepped up the tempo in the third quarter and Daniel Hore-Smith booted his first goal for the club.

Dale Hugo spent the majority of the game in the forward line and kicked two quick goals to re-establish TRYC’s hold on the game.

Mazzocchi told his players during the final break to concentrate on their skills in the final quarter and demanded a six-goal finish.

The players responded and their tackling pressure resulted in a number of turnovers which were converted into goals.

Although quiet for the majority of the match Jason Brown stepped up in the final quarter with three goals as the Magpies slammed on seven goals to three. Hugo finished with five majors for the match while Bryan Ball was also a solid contributor before hurting his ankle in the third quarter.

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