Southern Roos set to celebrate
Harrow-balmoral Football Netball Club will celebrate 20 years since the club’s formation along with recent success when it takes on Edenhope-apsley at Harrow on Saturday.
The Southern Roos will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1997 netball premiership and 10 years since the club won the senior football flag in 2007.
The club will honour its past and foundation by bringing together three regional 1967 premiership teams for 50-year reunions.
Harrow basketballers – netballers – won a premiership in the Glenelg association, while on either side of Harrow, two strong rural communities enjoyed senior football premiership success.
Pigeon Ponds won the Glenelg Football League flag with a one-point victory over Cavendish at Coleraine, while the Wombelano-based Douglasmiga Lake Rovers defeated Noradjuha by 34 points at Horsham City Oval to take the Central Wimmera premiership.
Harrow-balmoral’s David Hobbs said Douglas-miga Lake amalgamated with Harrow in 1970 to form Douglas-harrow-miga Lake – one of the foundation clubs of Harrow-balmoral Football Netball Club.
The club merged with Balmoral in 1997 to create the club today.
“While Pigeon Ponds stayed alone until it disbanded in 1983, the Pigeon Ponds community is such an enormous part of Harrow-balmoral that it’s good that we can help bring them together for this day,” Mr Hobbs said.
“Douglas-miga Lake went back-toback in 1968, and there were another that exists five players who played in that team that we have also invited, as well as the 1968 Douglas-miga Lake basketball premiership team.
“Unfortunately both the Ponds and Rovers are back to 14 surviving members, and some will be unable to attend due to travel and other reasons, but those who can are invited to attend and join Harrow-balmoral president Rosemary Langley for a drink and afternoon tea at half time of the senior match.”
Mr Hobbs said as much as times had changed in 50 years, the spirit and core values of those vibrant communities lived on and contributed to the strength of the Harrow-balmoral club.
On Saturday, Harrow-balmoral players will don hybrid jumpers and warm-up tops combining foundation club strips – Bombers and Cats – with current colours, blue and white.
The game jumpers will be auctioned on Saturday evening at a celebration dinner in Harrow Hall from 7pm.
The club will also announce its ‘Teams of the Second Decade’ for the years 2007-2016, for football and netball.
The fixture will see the only football and netball matches played in Horsham District league on Saturday, with remaining round-eight matches to be contested on June 17.
MEMORY LANE: Members of several former clubs will gather for 1967 premiership reunions at Harrowbalmoral Football Netball Club on Saturday. From left, Pigeon Ponds Football Club’s Jim Russell and Colin Grant, Harrow Basketball Club’s Maree Fitzgerald...