Swans to relive memorable moment
Lemnos players will reunite on Saturday to reminisce about the Swans’ last premiership victory 40 years ago. It is a day well and truly entrenched in Daryl Fraser’s mind and it will be the first time the side has come together since that day in 1970.
Lemnos premiership player Daryl Fraser thinks about that 1970 September afternoon all the time.
He doesn’t remember much of the actual game, but said the post-match emotion would live with him for the rest of his life.
‘‘Just the exuberance amongst the players and elation at winning it, at finally winning it, are the most memorable things now,’’ Fraser said.
‘‘I’m sure the other players remember more of it though.’’
All but two of those players, along with current Swans players, will gather at the Shepparton Swans’ function rooms to swap stories about old times on Saturday.
The only ones missing will be Neil James, who has a prior engagement, and captain and coach Roland Crosby, who is deceased, but will be represented by sons Shaun and Leigh.
Darnley Montgomery will also attend ‘‘rain, hail or shine’’ despite having just endured a knee replacement and battling the effects of Parkinson’s disease.
‘‘This will be the first time I think all of us will be together except for one (James) and, of course, Roland Crosby,’’ Fraser said.
‘‘It’s great because there’s every chance from here on in we might start dropping off (laughs).’’
Lemnos (now Shepparton Swans) lost the 1968 and 1969 grand finals not only in the seniors, but also in seconds and thirds.
But in 1970, the senior list finally broke through against the Fred Woolley-coached Kyabram, 14.6 (90) to 7.13 (55).
‘‘We celebrated at the Australia Hotel that night, there was a big crowd and it went on for quite a few days after that,’’ Fraser said.
Fraser said he felt privileged to be part of such a special group.
‘‘I think about it a lot of times because there’s notmany occasions that you get to play in a premiership,’’ he said.
‘‘I was one of the lucky ones and the players you play with in those years are part of your life forever, they become part of your history.’’