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This weekend we play Sydney University for the John Thornett Cup named after rugby great John Thornett.
Thornett’s senior rugby life began at Sydney University while studying engineering. He was immediately an important member of the students’ First XV taking out Shute Shield titles in 1953, 1954 and 1955.
Once he had finished his studies at Sydney Uni, district qualifications at the time meant that Thornett along with Rod Phelps and Derry Hill moved across the bridge to Northern Suburbs in the early 1960s and help drive considerable success at the club.
Norths went on to win Shute Shield titles in 1960 and 1963 and were a constant threat come finals time and played in five consecutive grand finals.
Once his playing days were over at Norths he served on their football club committee in numerous roles and was president from 1981 until 1984 when the club was fighting their way back to first division.
He was elected as a Life Member in 1983 and appointed club patron in 1997.
“He was always available for fundraising for tours or club events. Very much a man of the people and a great club man,” Northern Suburbs life member and Wallaby tour team-mate in 1967 Russ Tulloch said.
John Thornett passed away in the offseason and we are privileged to have his beautiful wife Vivienne at the game this weekend to award the Cup to the winner.
Words are thanks to Mark Cashman
From Cashcow Media.