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Mighty Maclean to mark milestone

June 8th, 2021

Maclean FC will morph magically to Maclean MC Hammer time this weekend as the club celebrates its 40th year.
The picturesque northern village will be party central as former and current members travel from across the country and even internationally to mark the moment.
“We have ex-players coming from all over – except (lockdowned) Melbourne – and one guy from New Zealand,” Maclean president Matthew Farrell said.
“And the event is open to anyone to attend – we’ve had some great relationships over the years with the Coffs clubs so come on up.”
The excitement will kick off during the day on Saturday 12 June, with a festival of on-field action – the Maclean’s 1sts and reserves playing Byron Bay in Far North Coast fixtures.
There will also be two North Coast games – Maclean men’s 3rd Division will tackle Coutts Crossing, and the club’s 1st Division women’s side will be up against Boambee.
“We’ll have a jumping castle for the kids and plenty on offer during the day,” Matthew said.
Eagerly awaited will be the get-together at the Bowling Club, the club’s major sponsor.
Matthew said the night would be an informal affair so that guests could mingle.
“There will be a few speeches from different periods, and plenty of memorabilia – but we want to run it so that people can have the chance to just talk with one another,” he said.
“There will be players who haven’t seen one another for 25 years and they’ll want to catch-up.”
Matthew said planning for the event had begun three years ago, and snippets of history had come to light in the process.
The senior men’s club first took the field in 1981, though it’s thought Maclean juniors may have been up and running a few years earlier.
“We’ll certainly have some foundation members there,” Matthew said.
The club also hopes to have local Press and television cover the event.
And if it makes you feel old, here’s just a few things which happened in 1981:
The Prime Minister was Malcolm Fraser
Trevor Chappell bowled an underarm delivery to the Kiwis
The film Puberty Blues was released
A Country Practice debuted on tv, Lleyton Hewitt was born and Just A Dash won the Melbourne Cup.

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