Norths' centenary celebrations a washout Article from: The Daily Telegraph Â Â By Ray Chesterton February 08, 2008 12:00am A CENTURY later and North Sydney still can't get a break. A thunderstorm unleashed a downpour yesterday that would have daunted Noah, drowning Norths' outdoor celebrations of their 100th year. As a few dignitaries huddled in doorways to try to avoid the all-pervasive rain, North Sydney mayor Genia McCaffery unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion. Then, in manifestly unsuitable weather, there was a ceremonial cutting of the cake. A tempest on such an emotive occasion continues the quirkiness that so often beset Norths after they joined eight other clubs to form the premiership in 1908. On grand final day 1943 Norths were tipped to beat Newtown until their star player Harry Taylor went missing just before kickoff. He'd been sent by the army to Queensland. Disoriented Norths lost 34-7. Norths supporters know the hard-luck tales but with commendable resilience stayed strong until finance forced the club out of first grade in 1999. Norths' highlight was winning the 1921-22 premierships. It was a long time between drinks after that until yesterday. If you like rainwater.