Club to mark end of an era

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Monique Freer

More than 100 years of his­tory will be cel­e­brated next month at the Ta­tong Foot­ball Net­ball Club ‘‘end of an era’’ cel­e­bra­tion.

The day and night event will bring to­gether past and present play­ers, sup­port­ers, mem­bers, spon­sors and friends to re­flect and cel­e­brate the 106-year his­tory of the district sports club.

This year the club merged with Swan­pool Foot­ball Net­ball Club as the Sa­maria Suns Sports Club.

The merge came af­ter the two clubs re­fused AFL North­east Bor­der Com­mis­sion’s pro­posal last year for a three-way merge with Gooram­bat Foot­ball Net­ball Club.

The clubs have no on-field rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the Ovens and King Foot­ball Net­ball League this year, and Sa­maria Suns will make a for­mal re­quest to move to an­other league for the 2015 sea­son.

For­mer Ta­tong Foot­ball Net­ball Club pres­i­dent Barry Lewis said the end of an era cel­e­bra­tion was a way to recog­nise the im­por­tant role the club played in the com­mu­nity for many gen­er­a­tions.

‘‘It was a huge part of my life, it’s been 56 years I’ve been in­volved,’’ he said.

Three gen­er­a­tions of the Lewis fam­ily were in­volved in Ta­tong Foot­ball Net­ball Club. Mr Lewis’ fa­ther played for the club in the 1930s, his sons Cameron and Shane played foot­ball and his daugh­ters Donna and Ni­cole played net­ball.

His fa­ther-in-law, Thomas Sul­li­van, was also the cap­tain coach of the 1911 pre­mier­ship team.

‘‘I started on the score­board at prob­a­bly the age of 10 as a kid and as I got older I was a boundary um­pire, played, in­juries forced me to re­tire at the age of about 28 then I be­came in­volved in the ad­min­is­tra­tion side of it,’’ he said.

‘‘When you’ve got kids in­volved it’s a com­mu­nity thing.’’

The end-of-an-era cel­e­bra­tion will be held on June 7, be­gin­ning at 8 am at the Ta­tong Vil­lage Mar­ket at Ta­tong Re­cre­ation Re­serve.

A ‘leg­ends match’ will star some of Ta­tong’s finest and a his­tor­i­cal dis­play will be on show from Ta­tong Her­itage Group.

There will be plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep kids en­ter­tained, and the event will cul­mi­nate in a twocourse evening meal at the Ta­tong Hall with live en­ter­tain­ment.

Tick­ets for the din­ner are on sale now from Fu­ture Di­rec­tion Fit­ness and Ge­orgina’s Restau­rant.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the leg­ends match phone Felic­ity Munro on 0438 664 325, Nathan De­laney on 0448 390 046 or Adrian McCallum on 0418 281 109.

King Barry: For­mer pres­i­dent Barry Lewis cel­e­brates pre­mier­ship with his son Cameron (be­hind, left).

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Rich his­tory: Ta­tong’s 1911 pre­mier­ship team, with cap­tain-coach Thomas Sul­li­van (cen­tre, mid­dle).

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