Blast from the past

June 06, 2018

Past premiership players Russell Marshall, Alex Todd, Greg Gall, Terry Greaves, Paul Bamford, David Hernan, Peter Nolan, Adrian Hernan, Kevin Nolan, Malcolm Ellis, Wayne Marchment and John Kolodziej standing on the oval they once used to play on.

Bats 2008 A Grade premiership players Amelia Skillbeck, Ally Ellis, coach Vicki Rodwell, Jo Gall, Kate Brunt and Elise Nolan

B Grade 2008 premiers Kyllee Edis, Fiona Doig, Clare Greaves and Olivia Tolliday reunited on the weekend

Goorambat combined the old with the new when they took to the field on Saturday.

The Bats were donning a green and yellow heritage jumper from their time in the Benalla and District League to celebrate their 1978 premiership reunion.

There were plenty of old faces around the club, spreading their wisdom with the younger generations.

Coach Shayne McKean said it was a special weekend for the Bats.

‘‘A lot of the young guys had never worn the jumper used for the Benalla and District League, so it was good for them to see,’’ McKean said.

‘‘Some of the younger guys also didn’t know the older players, so it was good to have them around the club for the game.’’

The 2008 A and B-Grade netball premiership sides were also reunited for the festivities.

The Bats seniors were leading Glenrowan at quarter time, but were unable to top off the celebrations with a win.

The final scoreboard reading 9.5(59) to 19.16(130).

‘‘We were right in the game until half way through the third quarter,’’ McKean said.

The Bats had a number of players back after the nightmare of doubling up players in the seniors and reserves last week.

Liam Hernan took three goals for the day, while Sam Gladstone was a standout for the Bats.

With the Ovens and King League having a bye round for the Queen’s birthday long weekend, the Bats will be looking forward to the week off.

‘‘After the bye we should get everyone back on the park except for the Nolan brothers with some knee issues,’’ McKean said.

After the bye, Goorambat is set for a match up against the struggling Bonnie Doon.

McKean is confident it should be a competitive match for the Bats.

That game will be played at Goorambat on Saturday, June 16.

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