Shepparton News

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.

- By Zach Hope Pic­ture: Simon Bing­ham Sports · Sydney Swans · Shepparton · Kyabram · Australia · Australia Hotel

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.’’

 ?? Pic­ture: Simon Bing­ham ?? Forty years in the mak­ing: For­mer Lem­nos play­ers Daryl Fraser, Wayne Briggs and Dun­can McKel­lar are look­ing for­ward to Satur­day’s 1970 premier­ship re­union.
Pic­ture: Simon Bing­ham Forty years in the mak­ing: For­mer Lem­nos play­ers Daryl Fraser, Wayne Briggs and Dun­can McKel­lar are look­ing for­ward to Satur­day’s 1970 premier­ship re­union.
 ??  ?? Premier­ship win­ners: Lem­nos’ 1970 win­ning flag team, (back) K. Col­lie, M. Perkins (sec­re­tary), R. Cob­bledick, J. Harry, N. James, C. Walker, D. Fraser, M. Stevens, A. Cot­trell, F. Flegg, W. Del­menico, S. Gi­rardi, S. Jaques, J. McGre­gor (pres­i­dent), K....
Premier­ship win­ners: Lem­nos’ 1970 win­ning flag team, (back) K. Col­lie, M. Perkins (sec­re­tary), R. Cob­bledick, J. Harry, N. James, C. Walker, D. Fraser, M. Stevens, A. Cot­trell, F. Flegg, W. Del­menico, S. Gi­rardi, S. Jaques, J. McGre­gor (pres­i­dent), K....
 ??  ?? Rem­i­nisc­ing the good
times: Daryl Fraser, Wayne Briggs and Dun­can McKel­lar played in Lem­nos’ 1970 GVFL
premier­ship.
Rem­i­nisc­ing the good times: Daryl Fraser, Wayne Briggs and Dun­can McKel­lar played in Lem­nos’ 1970 GVFL premier­ship.

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