In 1993-94 the Club’s Annual Australia Day competition had special significance as it was renamed to honour Col Johnston who died in 1993.
The Club decided to make the annual event a permanent memorial to Col who was a legendary figure with Norths – s stalwart of the Club both as a player and as an administrator.
Since then, the “Col Johnston Memorial Ten Over Competition” has been held regularly on Australia Day. Usually it has been restricted from 12 to 16 teams with matches being played at Lorn Park, Bolwarra, Largs and Blackhill grounds.
Basically the main aim of the day was to have fun but there was reasonable prize money with $400 for the winning team and $200 for the runner up. The winners names have also been inscribed on a special shield.
The inaugural competition was won by “Warby’s Wires” – an invitational team led by Phil Warby – which defeated “Them” – a team including many Northern Suburbs players – 79 to 71 in a close final. A highlight of this first competition was a team that consisted of the same players who won the 1st Grade District Minor and Major Premiership for Northern Districts in 1983-84.