THE Murchison-Toolamba Football Netball Club is gearing up to celebrate 40 years since winning the 1982 Kyabram & District League AFL Grand Final against the then-undefeated Avenel.
The unforgettable game was the Grasshoppers’ first premiership in 16 years. By all reports, Murchison led the match, winning 14.9 to 10.14 against Avenel in Undera.
Past player, Andy Crawford, said Avenel threw everything they had at them in the last quarter to defend their wins through the season.
“The last 10 minutes they knew they were done because we got a couple of goals and they dropped right off,” said Andy. “They knew they’d lost it. That’s how I remember it.”
“All these years afterwards a smile still accompanies my face when I think about that game,” said past player, Jim Ewart.
Club president, Craig Thompson said, “Being 40 years since the premiership, most of the guys that played then are in their 60s or even 70s.
This is a great opportunity to remember the club’s past, and to also acknowledge the club’s future.”
Reminisce over the glory days at a special reunion on Saturday, June 4, with afternoon tea during the Senior game against Lancaster, followed by dinner at Murchison East, and breakfast at the club available on Sunday.
The ’82 Premiership Reunion is welcome to all and encouraged, if you or someone you know was involved with the club in the years around 1982, please invite them to this unmissable event.
Contact Graham Baker for more information on 0456 008 594.