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Calling all Swans - a mega-reunion is nearing

Avenel to celebrate its golden age of football and netball on August 16.

CHALPAT SONTI August 7, 2014 3:37am

The location for this photo might be the main street of Seymour but the Avenel Recreation Reserve will be the place to be on August 16 as the Swans hold a multi-year reunion of premiership sides from their golden age. Pictured here with club president Bill O'Connor in the foreground are representatives of those sides (football) Mick O'Connor (1979 seniors), Dave Humphreys (1979 under-18s), Arnie Ruscoe (1979 reserves), Jock Mundy (1984 seniors), Wayne Tarran (1984 under-18s), Peter Angeli (1989 seniors), Paul Dawe (1994 seniors), Paul McKenzie (1994 under-18s), (netball) Helen Dawson 91984 under-16s), Philippa Towt, Michelle Willox and Nora Burke (1989 B-grade), Terry White (1989 A-grade) and Bernie Grant (1994 A-grade).

They were the players who were part of Avenel’s golden era in KDL football and netball, and plenty of them are expected to reunite at Swans headquarters next week.

‘‘They’’ are players from the 1979, 1984, 1989 and 1994 senior football premiership sides as well as the 1979 reserves and 1979, 1984 and 1994 under-18 teams.

Not forgetting netball — the 1989 and 1994 A-grade premiers, 1989 B-grade and 1984 under-16 sides will also be there for a huge premiership reunion.

To make it even juicier, the day of the reunion is August 16, which is when Avenel hosts old enemy Nagambie. There will be plenty to play for by a host of sides on the field and court, and plenty to reminisce about off it. Perhaps even gloat — the 1984 senior and under-18 football wins were against the Lakers. The 1984 and 1989 senior grand finals will be shown on a screen.

But the day will be one of celebration. The period from 1978 to 1994 saw the Swans win all six of their KDFL seniors premierships, three of their four reserves flags and four of their seven under-18 premierships.

And 1979 was the undoubted highlight when Avenel became the first, and so far only, KDFL club to win all three football flags in the same season (and the A-grade netball side failed by just three goals to make it a quadrella). The Telegraph correspondent on the big day at Girgarre, ‘‘The Fox’’ Bill Donovan, called it the ‘‘greatest day ever’’ for the club.

Reunion organiser Martin White said many had already indicated they would come. It was hoped that AFL legend Barry Hall, who was part of the Swans 1994 under-18 premiership side, might even make an appearance.

But the reunion isn’t just for premiership players — it will be open to all past players, committee members and supporters as well. The action will continue after the final siren as well, with a blues band at night.

‘‘It’s about appreciating what they’ve all done for the club,’’ White said.

‘‘It’s mainly about getting them back, meeting and greeting. I would also like to set up a database of all past players with their details so it makes it easier to let them know how we’re getting along each year too.’’

If you are interested in going, or want more information, phone Martin White on 0417101802.

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