David Codey (61)
I recall reading a footy program in 1980 (age 18) in which the harlequins were included - i think they may have been 3rd division....and I thought to myself: "Campbelltown and Liverpool would be growth areas for Union. The SRU should do something about that". At that time Wests and Balmain were stand alone league clubs - one in Blamain and one in Ashfiled...so no top local league clubs in C'town.
None of the northwestern part of Sydney had been sub-divided so you could drive out along Windsor Road and it was all market gardens and chickens.
Oh well - those horses bolted along with many others......
Campbelltown when I was there competed in the Illawarra competition before moving across to Sydney with their juniors actually falling into Penrith's jurisdiction. They have since moved back at the juniors level to the Illawarra if the photos I've seen on the Illawarra Junior Rugby Union website is anything to go by.
It's in Rugby terms a severely underdeveloped area much like Liverpool and Camden, but unlike perhaps Liverpool the horse most certainly hasn't bolted...yet. If the NSWRU or SRU had any brains they would provide a timeline for an elevation of Campbelltown to the Shute Shield, but one with set performance parameters. Not necessarily on field but off the pitch in the terms of upgrading Campbelltown showground (the Harlequins home ground) which would require a little bit of work and as above getting a local schools competition up and running to source talent. Those at the helm of the club may have since changed but in my time they were a very ambitious lot. Give them a target and they'll move heaven and hell to get there.
If it works out, do as I said with Penrith. Give them the same objectves. If they reach that point then promote back to the Shute Shield.