CHAMPIONS: Coffs Harbour Banana Benders 1970 Group 2 premiers: Back, president Kevin White, Barry Docking, Tony Fletcher, Brian Pollard, Ray Reeves, Sam Tooth, Graeme Henry, Jim Peterson, Bob Bennett, selector Les Woods. Middle: Bill Giddey, Warren Dean, Ritchie Hoskins, Peter Contempree, Neil Golledge, Ron Rapley, John Peterson, Dale Healey. Front, Leo Channells, ballboys Gary Bourne and Tony Lulham, Bruce Grant. contributed
CHAMPIONS: Coffs Harbour Banana Benders 1970 Group 2 premiers: Back, president Kevin White, Barry Docking, Tony Fletcher, Brian Pollard, Ray Reeves, Sam Tooth, Graeme Henry, Jim Peterson, Bob Bennett, selector Les Woods. Middle: Bill Giddey, Warren Dean, Ritchie Hoskins, Peter Contempree, Neil Golledge, Ron Rapley, John Peterson, Dale Healey. Front, Leo Channells, ballboys Gary Bourne and Tony Lulham, Bruce Grant. contributed

From Banana Benders to the Comets – how a club was named

COFFS Harbour Rugby League Club's 50th anniversary raises the question as to how the Comets got their name.

Formed in 1965 by the amalgamation of Diggers and Jetty clubs, the original Banana Benders name was unique.

For many years, the large yellow banana emblazoned as a prominent feature on the club's jumpers and merchandising brought plenty of negative attention from visiting teams and supporters.

The plastic banana emblem stitched on the front of the football jumper was regularly under attack but in 1979, the club unveiled a new design red jumper incorporating double yellow vees.

To freshen the image, it was decided a new name was also appropriate and a competition was launched to solve the issue.

Under-18 coach Neil McClelland and wife Maxine submitted two entries.

One was the name Comets, accompanied by a drawing that eventually became the current logo.

The switch became official in time for the 1983 when the newly-badged Comets went all the way to win the Group 2 first grade title.

What other names were suggested?

Well, you'll have to book for the reunion functions on the June long weekend and ask some of the old-timers from that era.



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