Knights ready to celebrate

Kiama Sports Association chairman Colin Rathbone, South Coast Group 7 Junior League president Derek Graff, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward, Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler, Kiama Junior League secretary Leah Roberts and Country Rugby League Regional Manager Kevin Felgate at the opening of the new Kiama Junior League canteen on Saturday. Picture: DAVID HALLCanteen 2.jpg

Kiama Sports Association chairman Colin Rathbone, South Coast Group 7 Junior League president Derek Graff, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward, Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler, Kiama Junior League secretary Leah Roberts and Country Rugby League Regional Manager Kevin Felgate at the opening of the new Kiama Junior League canteen on Saturday. Picture: DAVID HALLCanteen 2.jpg

Kiama Knights reunion committee members Mick Commins, Glen Moran, Tom Laurie, Ron Smith and Mick Miller who have been busily gathering memorabilia for the upcoming Centenary. Picture: DAVID HALLKnights reunion.jpg

Kiama Knights reunion committee members Mick Commins, Glen Moran, Tom Laurie, Ron Smith and Mick Miller who have been busily gathering memorabilia for the upcoming Centenary. Picture: DAVID HALLKnights reunion.jpg

Kiama Sports Association chairman Colin Rathbone, South Coast Group 7 Junior League president Derek Graff, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward, Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler, Kiama Junior League secretary Leah Roberts and Country Rugby League Regional Manager Kevin Felgate at the opening of the new Kiama Junior League canteen on Saturday. Picture: DAVID HALLCanteen 2.jpg

Kiama Sports Association chairman Colin Rathbone, South Coast Group 7 Junior League president Derek Graff, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward, Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler, Kiama Junior League secretary Leah Roberts and Country Rugby League Regional Manager Kevin Felgate at the opening of the new Kiama Junior League canteen on Saturday. Picture: DAVID HALLCanteen 2.jpg

Kiama Knights reunion committee members Mick Commins, Glen Moran, Tom Laurie, Ron Smith and Mick Miller who have been busily gathering memorabilia for the upcoming Centenary. Picture: DAVID HALLKnights reunion.jpg

Kiama Knights reunion committee members Mick Commins, Glen Moran, Tom Laurie, Ron Smith and Mick Miller who have been busily gathering memorabilia for the upcoming Centenary. Picture: DAVID HALLKnights reunion.jpg

KIAMA Knights Senior Rugby League Club has spent months planning to mark its centenary in style, with massive celebrations scheduled for the weekend of June 6-8.

Club stalwarts have been busily collecting information on the club's history for more than a year in preparation for displays at the reunion and centenary book, which will hopefully be available later this year.

Centenary committeeman Glen Moran said excitement was already building.

"We have already had people looking for tickets for the major event on Sunday, June 8," Moran said.

"However, we are hoping to make it a full weekend of celebrations to celebrate the long and illustrious history of the club."

The Knights' history is highlighted by numerous premierships and the reunion is expected to be attended by a large number of former players and officials.

"We planned it for the Queen's Birthday long weekend to maximise former players' availability and give them time to get home so it didn't affect their work," Moran said.

The weekend will kick-off with welcome drinks at the Kiama Leagues Club from 6pm, which will be an opportunity for guests to relax and catch up before the weekend gets into full swing.

On Saturday the fun moves to the field with the Knights taking on traditional rivals Jamberoo Superoos in three grades at the Kiama Showground. The action starts at 12.05pm with the Women's League Tag and is followed by reserve grade and first grade.

It will be followed by post-match drinks and food in The Pavilion foyer.

On Sunday will be the 100-year reunion luncheon at the Kiama Leagues Club.

Kicking off at 11.30am the day will include guest speakers, an auction of special centenary jumpers and a memorabilia display, as well as the naming of the Kiama RLFC Team of the Century.

Tickets for the luncheon are now on sale at the Kiama Leagues Club and Kiama Family Chiropractic for $50.

Numbers are strictly limited so it will be on a first in, first served basis.

Anyone who has memorabilia they would like to loan the club for the day can do so by phoning Ron Smith on 4232 1728.

Meanwhile the long-awaited new Kiama Junior League canteen and change rooms were officially opened on Saturday, with local rugby league and council officials, including Junior Knights life members, joining Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler in opening the facility.

Kiama Junior Knights secretary Leah Roberts said the building had been planned for about 15 years.

She thanked past committee members and in particular the building's construction manager Tony Wallace for all their hard work.

"It has taken a long time to get here, but we are extremely proud of what has been achieved not only for the club but also the community," Roberts said.

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