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10 July 2019
Nhill’s football faithful will gather on Saturday for a reunion of a premiership team that many Tigers supporters consider the club’s best of all time.
Most members of Nhill’s 1969 Wimmera Football League premiership line-up will be among guests at a 40-year anniversary lunch at Nhill’s Davis Park.
The lunch, which will also include an anniversary celebration of the club’s 1969 under-16 premiership, will coincide with a Tigers home-and-away clash against Horsham Saints.
Reunion spokesman, community leader and life-long Nhill supporter Rob Gersch said the 1969 team was easily one of the best groups to represent the west Wimmera town.
“It was the result of a reasonable influx of players, who had taken up all sorts of employment positions in town, arriving on top of what was already a good local base,” he said.
“It was an incredibly talented team that after losing to Horsham then went on to win the next 19 games on the trot, including a grand final against Stawell.
“It was coached by Kevin McNamee who is among people returning for the reunion. On the request of our senior coach Tim Bone Kevin will address senior players before the main game on Saturday.”
Mr Gersch said the reunion had triggered a ‘fantastic’ response with people involved in the senior and under-16 premiership returning to the Wimmera for the occasion.
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“We’re very pleased with how many people have accepted out invitation. There are people coming from across Australia and I’m sure there are going to be a lot of stories told,” he said.
Nhill beat Warracknabeal for the 1969 premiership. The Tigers drew with the then Lions in the grand final but won the reply the following week.
The reunion lunch will be at Davis Park clubrooms from 12.30pm.
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