McIvor Times - - SPORTS - By DAVID RAK

HEATH­COTE Foot­ball Net­ball Club is turn­ing 50 this week­end and the com­mit­tee is keen to cel­e­brate in style.

Over three big days, the club plans to wel­come past and present mem­bers to Bar­rack Re­serve to re­mem­ber the old days and en­joy what the club has be­come.

The draw­card of the cel­e­bra­tion will be a meal on Satur­day night and auc­tion of com­mem­o­ra­tive foot­ball jumpers and the renowned Heath­cote Saints Shi­raz.

The club was formed af­ter Heath­cote’s two foot­ball teams — North and Rovers — dis­banded on Jan­uary 13, 1967.

The McIvor Times at the time re­ported the dis­band­ing was a for­mal­ity with ‘‘very few words spo­ken against the de­ci­sion of hav­ing one team in Heath­cote’’.

A pub­lic meet­ing was held two weeks later for the pur­pose of form­ing one united club.

Alan Smith was elected the first pres­i­dent and Syd Wick­ham was elected sec­re­tary.

Cur­rent pres­i­dent An­drew Con­forti said he was hop­ing for more than 200 peo­ple at the Satur­day night func­tion.

‘‘Fifty years of footy and net­ball is a great achieve­ment. We hope peo­ple will come along for a great night out,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of tal­ent has come through the club and we want to cel­e­brate all the work peo­ple have put in.

‘‘It’s healthy to have a club like this in the com­mu­nity. It’s brought a lot of joy to peo­ple over the years

‘‘Some peo­ple have been in­volved in the club for the en­tire 50 years. It’s im­por­tant to recog­nise those peo­ple and ev­ery­one who has helped the club over the years.’’

It’s all hap­pen­ing Fri­day, Satur­day, and Sun­day at Pi­geon Park, Heath­cote.

There will be fin­ger food and drinks on Fri­day night from 6.30pm and the of­fi­cial func­tion will fol­low the home game on Satur­day from 6.30pm.

This will be fol­lowed by lunch and drinks on Sun­day from 11am.

Cost for the Satur­day night func­tion is $50 for adults, $20 for 11-17-year-olds and free for 10 years and un­der.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Re­becca Dickinson on 0447 332 350, An­drew Con­forti on 0408 662 508 or reg­is­ter your in­ter­est via email at heath­cote50years@gmail.com

It will be cause for cel­e­bra­tion this week­end when Heath­cote Foot­ball Net­ball Club cel­e­brates 50 years. Pic­tured above Jake Con­don shows his skill ear­lier this sea­son.

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