Posts revive Port Kembla glory days

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Port Kembla headed into its centenary season this year with a slight problem.

For 50 years the rugby league club’s home ground had the tallest goalposts on the South Coast.

Then strong winds last October snapped the posts at Noel Mulligan Oval.

It’s not a problem the club had to deal with for more than 50 years.

The call went out from a concerned Blacks president Ben Fera before Christmas for help to repair the goalposts – or to find new ones.

Local company Coastwide Engineering came on board and lent their help free of charge.

Coastwide had the posts removed and repaired.

On Tuesday, it brought in a crane to restore the 18.85-metre posts to their former glory – complete with new swivel flags on top to help goalkickers gauge the wind direction.

Mr Fera said the club was grateful for the support from Coastwide Civil and that the club was on track to celebrate its centenary in style.

‘‘The stack may have come down but at least the posts are back up,’’ he said.

A book tracing the Port Kembla Blacks history from 1914 will be released at the club’s season launch on Friday, March 21.

A Port Kembla Blacks Hall of Fame will be announced at a centenary reunion dinner planned for Port Kembla Leagues Club on June 7 and a Men of League Foundation dinner set down for June 6.

For more details or to donate memorabilia for the club’s centenary season, contact 0409 108 207 or visit mightyblacks.com.au

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