Last Saturday night Gordon Rugby celebrated over three quarters of a century of Highland Rugby, and what a night it was! Over 200 past and current players, sponsors, supporters and friends enjoyed an emotional trip down memory lane as club luminaries Norm Tasker, Brian Moffat, Maurie Graham, Bruce Taafe, Murray Fox, Mark Hartill, Tim Wallace and Steve Cutler (live from New York) shared their experiences on what it means to play for, support and be involved in Gordon Rugby. It was great to see the club’s oldest living Wallaby Ken Yanz and his wife attend, as well as a very strong representation from the current players and coaches from Colts and Grade and the Gordon Juniors organisation. MC Peter Longman did a wonderful job as host for the evening.
The night started with guests being piped into the main hall by the Knox Grammar Pipe Band, and later entertained by Damien Leith with a set of songs from his latest album. Norm Tasker provided a most emotional speech on the culture of Gordon which resonated throughout the room, and in some cases bought a tear to even the toughest of rugby players. A special surpise was Steve Cutler joining the night by phone from New York, and sharing his thoughts and memories of Gordon Rugby. The room was silent as Steve spoke. Memories shared by the panel of past players showed just how much rugby has meant to people in all aspects of their lives, and the lifelong friendships made. You could not help but laugh as Bruce Taafe shared with all and sundry John Sheerin’s latest role in the upcoming “Underbelly” series. Finally, John Briggs and the cuurent players came on stage, to a resounding applause. The future of the club is in great hands!
The night concluded with Charlie Blunt lifting the roof with the entire room belting out “Georgie McHugh” with great gusto! It was truly a night to be proud to be “a Gordon”!