‘Dog’ in Cat­tery

Southern Riverina news - - Sport -

FOR­MER coach Ian ‘Doggy’ Row­land will be a spe­cial guest when Fin­ley Foot­ball Club past play­ers hold their an­nual lun­cheon at the clu­b­rooms on Satur­day July 30.

Ian steered the club to a grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance against Ber­ri­gan in 1968 and is widely cred­ited with lay­ing the foun­da­tions for even­tual pre­mier­ship suc­cess achieved in 1971.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously en­joyed an out­stand­ing ca­reer with St Kilda in the then-VFL, Ian’s move to join Fin­ley was seen as a ma­jor coup for coun­try foot­ball at that time.

Play­ing along-side and men­tor­ing such past club cham­pi­ons as Leo Mc­Na­mara, Jim Broock­man, Keith Brain and David Hen­der­son to name but a few, Ian is well qual­i­fied to re­late tales of the 1960s era to what is sure to be a cap­tive and ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence.

An im­pres­sive ar­ray of guest speak­ers will en­ter­tain sup­port­ers through­out the lun­cheon which in re­cent times has en­joyed ex­cep­tional pa­tron­age from the wives and part­ners of for­mer play­ers and as­so­ciates.

This year also recog­nises the 20th an­niver­sary of the 1991 re­serves flag win­ning ef­fort.

Coach War­ren Ross will no doubt con­tinue to em­bel­lish his per­sonal hero­ics of that day with pass­ing ac­knowl­edge­ment of as­sis­tance pro­vided by team­mates.

The lun­cheon will be­gin at 11.30am at the clu­b­rooms and is open to all past and present sup­port­ers of the club.

Book­ings are es­sen­tial be­fore the July 24 by con­tact­ing Ash Haynes on 5883 1221 or 0409 831 228 or Mark O’Bryan on 0459 026 451.

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