South­ern Roos set to cel­e­brate

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

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...

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