Old footy friends re­united

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SHAUN McMANUS

MORE than 200 peo­ple con­verged on New Nor­folk to cel­e­brate the Der­went Val­ley Foot­ball Re­union at Boyer Oval on Satur­day.

Past play­ers from cur­rent and now-de­funct clubs came to­gether to watch New Nor­folk take on the Ho­bart Tigers and en­joy a bar­be­cue and re­fresh­ments.

While the game was a blowout on the score­board in favour of New Nor­folk, the real en­ter­tain­ment for many was watch­ing the in­ter­ac­tions on the side­lines.

Or­gan­iser Kerry Wil­ton said any lin­ger­ing ri­valry be­tween clubs had long since gone and there was noth­ing but smiles on the day, with plenty of old friend­ships re­newed.

“I ac­tu­ally met a cou­ple of blokes I hadn’t seen since I left school — that was in the ’70s,” Mr Wil­ton said.

He said he wasn’t the only one who en­joyed a great day out.

“Ev­ery­one was rapt, they were very pleased that we had it,” he said.

The day was such a success talks have al­ready been held about mak­ing the re­union an an­nual event, or hold­ing one ev­ery five years.

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