Familiar faces return for Yabbies 50th Anniversary reunion

Former Cobar residents Karen and Trevor Menadue (from Melbourne) and Bruce
Kennedy (from Tuross Head on the south coast) dodged flood waters to get to Cobar for the Cobar Yabbies 50th Anniversary Reunion on the weekend.

The Cobar Yabbies Senior  Men’s Swimming Club 50th/51st Reunion was held over the weekend with more than 200 people attending.

Swimmers from 10 different clubs, along with current and former Cobar Yabbies and their partners and families, celebrated the club’s milestone of 51 years (as COVID forced the cancellation of the 50th Reunion last year).

The weekend of events commenced with a Meet & Greet at the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club on Friday night which was followed by town tours and a swimming carnival on Saturday.

The weekend culminated in a huge Reunion Dinner on Saturday night, also at the Golfie, and a Recovery Brunch on Sunday morning.

Bob Clark, one of the club’s founding members (and organiser of the reunion weekend),  was given the honour of leading the Yabbies team on a march into the venue at the dinner.

The team were decked out in Gladiator costumes and the Yabbies club uniform (shirts and budgie smugglers).

The Cobar Yabbies current club president, John Carswell, welcomed everyone, including past pool managers, Michael Francisco and Brad Wynd.

He also read out a message of congratulations from the club’s founding secretary, Reg Chandler (who was not able to attend).

He briefly outlined the club’s history, praised all who had taken on executive roles throughout the club’s history, including Harley Toomey, who has served as the club’s treasurer since 1978.

“Yabbies is all about mateship, having a laugh and looking after each other,” Carswell said.

In addition to a delicious two course meal, the evening included a Yabbies Race and Calcutta and an auction of memorabilia.

Approximately $2,000 was raised from the auction and a raffle which is to be donated to local charities.