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Eagles aim to soar in centenary year

ESTHER LAUAKI
Last updated 10:59 19/08/2011
Ken Boss
Esther Lauaki

CALLING ALL EAGLES: Ken Boss has been a life member of the Ellerslie Rugby League Club for the last 20 years and is calling for past members to return and help celebrate the club's centenary next year.

Ken Boss, Alby Taylor
Esther Lauaki
FLEDGLING: Ken Boss began his time with the club in 1939 as a three-year-old mascot. Here he is kicking off a match in Panmure under the watchful eye of senior player Alby Taylor.

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The only rugby league legends left at the Ellerslie Eagles clubrooms are in pictures on the walls but the club has plans to regain its former glory.

Ellerslie Eagles Rugby League Football Club will celebrate 100 years on Queen's Birthday weekend next year and organisers are calling past members home for the event.

Event co-ordinator Leonard Jeffs says the the aim is to restore the club to the bustling hub it was from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s.

"In it's heyday the club was placed well within its community. A lot of the boys played in the club they all went to school together, but there's so many other things for kids to do these days, it's fallen on leaner times.

"But in recent years it's got a younger board and they have done wonders to get it up and running again," Leonard says.

Ken Boss joined the club as a three-year-old mascot in 1939 and has seen the club through booms and busts.

"The club had very close links with the community and we want to know where our past members have gone. Hopefully we can start rekindling the love of the club and if people come back to visit they'll want to participate more."

The Boss family name is synonymous with the club with Ken's late parents Ray and Joan made life members for their services to coaching and brother Dennis a player for many years.

Ken's son also played for the Eagles while his two daughters played netball for the club's sister league.

Ken even helped build the clubrooms which were built using an old nissen hut the club bought from army surplus.

A new generation of Eagles is currently setting a benchmark for the club with Ellerslie's under-16 team competing for the championship in the final against Mangere this Sunday.

The game is at Cornwall Park and kick-off is at 2.10pm.

Registrations are open to prepare for the centenary which will rekindle old ties and build the club's profile.

To register for the centenary jubilee email ellerslieeagles@

gmail.com.

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- East And Bays Courier

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