A sea of blue and white descended on the Merimbula RSL Club on Saturday night, as 220 people came together for the Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs club reunion.
Past and present players and their families came from as far as Queensland, the Central Coast, Wagga Wagga and Canberra to attend, with club representatives from as far back as the 1970s in attendance.
Organiser and club league-tag coach Bernie Maher said six months’ worth of preparation was all worth it after seeing the results.
“It was a great night, and it was just fantastic to be able to catch up with guys from so many different times in the club’s history,” he said.
“Everyone really helped out; the Hotdogs (league-tag team) all chipped in with the decorations, and I delegated all these little tasks to a whole bunch of people.
“I got some of the guys from 70s to help round up all the others from around that time, and all those little things really brought it all together.
“I’d especially like to thank the RSL Club and their catering staff for all their work, and all the people who contributed in one way or another.”
The highlight of the night for many was the re-telling of stories from over the years, with several players and coaches taking to the stage to spin a yarn.
Maher also put together a selection of photos from different eras, giving past players a chance to re-live the glory days, and present players an opportunity to see what came before them.
“The only problem was that I wish it could’ve gone for longer,” joked under 18s coach and club stalwart Warren Schafer.
“There were players there that I haven’t seen for 30 years.
“I started playing in 1984; my father and grandfather played for the club, and now I’m coaching and my sons play for them.
“The club has been a big part of our lives, so things like this are fantastic.”