Premiership reunion

April 19, 2018

The Finley Football Club’s home game against Katandra on Saturday, July 21 will double as a reunion for the club’s 1988 senior premiership side.

Players from all grades will join with club supporters in commemorating a victory that amazingly still represents the club’s most recent success at a senior level.

Mark O’Bryan, who is listed as one of the most prominent senior players of the side, said those with exceptional memories will recall that the Rob Hawkins coached Cats were able to avenge successive grand final losses in 1986 and 1987 by defeating Jerilderie in the decider for this year.

Other prominent senior players throughout this period included Peter Shannon (B&F), Trevor Joyce, Glenn Jackson, Peter Whitty and Michael Taylor.

‘‘Among the youngsters beginning to emerge were Kerry Brain, Damian Sexton, Graeme Coates and current club games record holder Steve Reynolds,’’ Mr O’Bryan said.

‘‘Paul Pinnuck and Andrew Plattfuss were outstanding performers in a very even premiership combination and they were well supported by the brilliant Terry Daniel.

‘‘Terry’s life was tragically taken in an unfortunate accident a short time after the premiership, but his teammates say memories of his precocious talent will no doubt heavily influence the reunion proceedings.’’

Apart from the success enjoyed at senior level, the club also performed credibly in the supporting grades in 1988.

The reserves had a dominant home and away season before unfortunately faltering late and exiting in the first semi final.

The thirds and fourths both progressed to preliminary finals having exceeded early expectations.

The junior grades contained the names of many future stars with the obvious standout being Hawthorn premiership player and Brownlow medallist, Shane Crawford.

The reunion will be held at the Finley Football Netball Club clubrooms, starting about midday on July 21.

All supporters are welcome to attend.

Supporters are also invited to attend a less formal meet and great at the Tuppal Hotel on the Friday evening before the game.

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