‘It’s unbelievable’: Mortimer looks back on cracking ‘88 premiership win with CYMS

LOOKING BACK: Glen Mortimer after the 1988 Group 10 grand final.
LOOKING BACK: Glen Mortimer after the 1988 Group 10 grand final.

Glenn Mortimer can’t believe it’s been 30 years.

The former Cronulla Shark ventured to Orange way back in 1988 and linked with CYMS, helping the then-defending premiers to back-to-back Group 10 top grade titles with a 20-19 win over Workies in Lithgow.

On Friday night at Kellys Hotel and then again on Sunday at Wade Park, the 1988 premiership winning side will come together for a reunion.

“It’s unbelievable when you hear that, 30 years,” Mortimer said.

“I have vivid memories of the time, it was a strong Group 10 comp. Two Lithgow sides, Oberon, three Bathurst sides, Blayney … a really strong comp.”

Mortimer said a lot of the side has returned to help mark three decades since CYMS’ triumph in ‘88, which was the club’s last premiership before now captain-coach Mick Sullivan helped the club snap a 22-year drought with the 2010 crown.

HOW THEY LINED UP: The CYMS 1988 side.

HOW THEY LINED UP: The CYMS 1988 side.

“That year the staff of the club were fantastic. Just very professional. I came from Cronulla that year, to the bush, and that’s what encouraged me to join, their professionalism. And the playing staff,” Mortimer recalls.

“Looking at the grand final, it was a tough game in Lithgow and we probably only got away with it in the last five minutes.

“From what I can remember, a Rob Clark try got us home in a tough encounter.”

The premiership-winning mentor said he was looking forward to catching Sunday’s game against St Pat’s, with an old boys’ game to kick-off at 12.45pm as a lead-up fixture to the main game.

Mortimer tipped Sullivan’s side to kick-on during the finals, too.

“Absolutely. I think they’re plodding along well. This year, I think they’ve got another good side and I think they’ll probably go all the way,” he added.