Play­ers re­unite on field

Bloods reach 20 years

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AUSSIE RULES A HOST of past play­ers and sup­port­ers will be on hand to help cel­e­brate the 20th an­niver­sary of the Whit­sun­day Bloods dou­ble premier­ship win in 1983 at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park this Satur­day.

All five Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles teams are in ac­tion this Satur­day and the en­tire day will have a dis­tinct ‘Bloods’ feel to it with the se­nior team set to run out in replica jumpers against the Eastern Swans, the team the Bloods beat in the 1983 de­cider.

The Whit­sun­day Bloods was the lo­cal AFL team for many years be­fore they left the com­pe­ti­tion and were re­placed by the Sea Ea­gles in 1998. Their se­nior and re­serve teams were both crowned cham­pi­ons of the Mackay com­pe­ti­tion in 1983.

Re­union or­gan­iser Barb Adam­son said Satur­day was all about cel­e­brat­ing their fan­tas­tic achieve­ment two decades ago.

“There is go­ing to be a lot of dif­fer­ent things hap­pen­ing on the day and we are hop­ing to see lots of past play­ers and sup­port­ers come down. At half time of the main game we will in­vite all our past play­ers onto the pitch for a long­est kick com­pe­ti­tion,” she said.

“Games kick off at 8.15am with the un­der-13s and the best-on­ground for each of our three ju­nior teams will be pre­sented with a spe­cial Bloods jersey by a team mem­ber of the 1983 premier­ship team.”

There will be live mu­sic and a spe­cial din­ner at the club house fol­low­ing the game and all are wel­come to come along and join in the cel­e­bra­tions.

The se­niors are com­ing off an out­stand­ing 50point away win over Baker’s Creek on Satur­day and the re­serves also got up, trounc­ing Mackay 12.8.80-4.4.28.

This Satur­day the re­serves game gets un­der­way at 1pm be­fore the se­niors run out at about 3pm.

MAK­ING HIS­TORY: Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles re­serve coach Michael Jarvis hands the game board over to Neil Holmes (left).

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