Jer­ilderie looks back at ‘87 win

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When­ever Jer­ilderie Foot­ball Club took on neigh­bour­ing Fin­ley on the foot­ball field, it was al­ways a match to be­hold.

But none stand out in the club’s mem­ory like the 1987 Mur­ray Foot­ball League grand fi­nal, where the Demons dom­i­nated the Cats and took home the sil­ver­ware.

Mem­bers of Jer­ilderie’s pre­mier­ship team came to­gether on Satur­day to rem­i­nisce about the great vic­tory.

The 30th an­niver­sary of the se­nior pre­mier­ship was hosted by the Jer­ilderie Foot­ball Club at its home ground.

Club vice pres­i­dent Stu­art Wat­son said the week­end also co­in­cided with a spe­cial mile­stone for one of the cur­rent se­nior play­ers.

‘‘In front of a parochial home crowd, the play­ers wore her­itage jumpers in the Demons’ tra­di­tional blue and red colours to com­mem­o­rate the 30th an­niver­sary of the 1987 pre­mier­ship,’’ he said.

‘‘The jumpers fea­tured the names of the 1987 pre­mier­ship play­ers in their grand fi­nal start­ing po­si­tions on the back.

‘‘Ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion was cre­ated with it be­ing se­nior cap­tain Chris Mar­shall’s 200th game.

‘‘The whole oc­ca­sion in­spired the home team against their old ri­vals Berrigan, with the Demons play­ing some of their best footy for the sea­son.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately, they still went down by the small­est of mar­gins at the fi­nal siren.’’

Mr Wat­son said at Satur­day night’s cel­e­bra­tions the jumpers were auc­tioned and pur­chased by past and cur­rent play­ers.

Still liv­ing lo­cally, 1987 pre­mier­ship player Dean Knight said the week­end was a good ex­cuse to catch up with his for­mer team­mates again.

‘‘We had about half the team come back, with the boys from Dar­win un­able to at­tend and some of the Mel­bourne-based play­ers al­ready com­mit­ted to the Port Mel­bourne pre­mier­ship the same week­end.

‘‘We try to see each other every now and then, but it was good to get to­gether and rem­i­nisce about this par­tic­u­lar game.

‘‘It was the club’s first since 1983 I be­lieve, and any game against Fin­ley is al­ways a very tough match — very phys­i­cal.’’

Mr Knight had only joined the Jer­ilderie se­niors the year be­fore the pre­mier­ship, af­ter re­turn­ing to his home town from ag col­lege.

‘‘It was my very first se­nior pre­mier­ship and it was thrilling to play with the cal­i­bre of play­ers on the team,’’ he re­called.

‘‘It was a very strong side, and taught us (new play­ers) quite well.

‘‘We had the likes of Rod Wad­dell and Rus­sell Jef­frey (who both also played in the AFL), as well as the Vig­ona boys, Benny and Tony — a cou­ple of Dar­win boys who added some real strength to the side.

‘‘We also had the lo­cal blokes like John and Colin Bryce, and a heap of other great lo­cal play­ers.’’

The week­end be­gan with a meet and greet for for­mer play­ers, com­mit­tee and mem­bers at the Colony Inn Ho­tel on Fri­day, al­low­ing old team mates and friends the chance to catch up and re­live past glo­ries.

Some trav­elled from Can­berra, the NSW North Coast and Lee­ton to be part of the week­end.

‘‘The Jer­ilderie Foot­ball Club com­mit­tee would like to thank the vol­un­teers who worked on the day and all the helpers who cooked and pre­pared din­ner in the kitchen on Satur­day night,’’ Mr Wat­son said.

‘‘A great week­end was had by all.’’

At the re­union of Satur­day were (back, from left) Michael Burke, Pa­trick Burke, Steven Lock­hart, David Milne, Peter Keat­ing and David Bryce; (front) Gra­ham Mills, Arthur Knight, Brian Payne, Scot Shaw, Dean Knight, Colin Bryce, 1987 club pres­i­dent Ray...

Jer­ilderie’s se­nior play­ers donned spe­cially made an­niver­sary jumpers for their match against Berrigan on Satur­day.

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