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Mitch Clarke

On Saturday 08 August, against Toronto at Peacock Field, after a short 10 minutes on the paddock, Mitch Clarke, a local Junior and regular in our Reserve Grade side, sustained an injury to his leg. After a long afternoon at Toronto Hospital, Mitch has a suspected fracture and ligament damage and is booked in to see a specialist this week - we will keep you updated when we know more.

We wish Mitch a speedy recovery.


Front Row and crowd favourite Tom Pelo's season is over after rupturing his ACL which will require a full knee reconstruction. Tom's devastating runs are sure to be missed.

Mick O'Shea 

Front Row and Country Representative Mick O'Shea's season is over after
undergoing ankle surgery for an injury suffered whilst playng for NSW
Country against Samoa. Mick has been in career best form this year.

Both these players are a massive loss to the 1st Grade Team's aspirations for a premiership. All within the club would like to thank them for their contribution to the Goannas as both were having fantastics seasons and there is now a huge void to fill. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and we look forward to you both returning for the 2013 season.



                Mick Deacon
                                  Retirement from Rugby League

This week had one of Cessnock’s First Grade regulars announced he has been forced into early retirement from a career ending injury.
Mick sustained broken teeth & a broken pallet, in what was a game to forget in Round 13 against Western Suburbs down at Harker Oval.
He unfortunately received news this week that his football career has come to an end.
Mick has played rugby league since the age of 8 & he made his First Grade debut with the Goey’s in 2001 at the age of 17.  Mick was also in the reserve grade premiership side that year under coach Todd Edwards.
Mick has played representative football for Maitland Schoolboys, Hunter Academy & the Knights.
He has played 3 seasons with the Great Branxton Colts, including one Grand Final, in the Group 21 competition, & one season in First Grade with the Kurri Bulldogs.
Mick has played approximately 185 First Grade games for Cessnock & his proudest moment in league was coming back to Cessnock while the Club is so strong. Mick was enjoying a successful year of footy, proving himself by playing some of the best football he has played. Another highlight was coaching the under 18`s to a First division premiership in 2006 and then having the opportunity to play with those same boys later in his career, including his brother Kane.
Reminiscing over his career, the highlights and the experiences he's had, he admits to being a bit emotional.
Mick appreciates the love and support of his family, his wife Dani, his kids, mum & dad, and his brothers. The ride he has enjoyed would not have been the same without those key people in his life.
Cessnock Rugby League Committee, Players & Supporters wish Mick the very best for his life after league and thank him for being part of the Cessnock Goannas Community.

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