VEST, KEATO, COGGER ALL HONOURED
Thursday 30 September 2010 3:00 PM
The Western Suburbs Magpies Club inducted three more Members into its illustrious Hall of Fame at a dinner held at Wests Ashfield Leagues Club last week.
The three new inductees were Dick Vest, Bill Keato and Trevor Cogger.
At the event, the Magpies also paid tribute to one of the most fascinating eras in the Club’s history with the announcement of their Team of the 80’s.
In a tumultuous decade, the Magpies went from being a game away from a Grand Final to being kicked out of the competition twice and then twice going to court to be reinstated before making a new home for themselves at Campbelltown.
The three inductees were honoured in front of around 150 guests. The exclusive Club had six members selected in 2008 and a further 13 in 2009.
Vest was a teenager when he made his first grade debut as a Centre for Western Suburbs in 1914. Between 1914 and 1923, he played in 82 matches, scoring a total of 67 points. He also represented Australia in seven Test Matches.
Keato was a goal kicking fullback from 1938-1942 and 1944 to 1950. He played in 120 first grade games which included a premiership in 1948. He is currently the Club’s oldest living former player.
Cogger holds the record for most appearances for the Club in all grades (308) and has scored the most tries (88) having played half back or five eighth throughout a career spanning a decade- 1981 to 1991. Cogger’s first first grade game followed him playing in an earlier lower grade game when he was recalled to the dressing room after he had been seen on the hill relaxing with his mates and allegedly eating a pie. Cogger scored two tries in this match in an unexpected win for the Magpies.
The host for the evening was Mike Bailey and attendees included Cogger, Roy Masters, Terry Lamb, John Ribot, Warren Bolland, Wayne Smith, Jim Leis, Ian Schubert, Steve Broughton, Paul Merlo and Bob Cooper. Other special guests included Lee Crooks, who came all the way from England and Gareth Ellis’ father, Ken, who has been over here following his son throughout the NRL Final Series.
Western Suburbs Magpies Team of the Eighties
Wayne Smith (Fullback)
Warren Boland- captain- (Wing)
John Ribot (Wing)
Jason Lidden (Centre)
Ted Goodwin (Centre)
Trevor Cogger (Five Eighth)
Terry Lamb (Half Back)
Jim Leis (Lock)
Ian Schubert- vice captain- (Second Row)
Bob Cooper (Second Row)
Lee Crooks (Front Row)
Alan Fallah (Hooker)
John Donnelly (Front Row)
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