Bur­ras set for 1997 re­union

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Wim­mera foot­ball premier­ship re­unions will con­tinue into Au­gust with Minyip-mur­toa set to cel­e­brate its 1997 pen­nant, the sec­ond of its his­toric hat-trick of flags.

With Stawell fresh from re­liv­ing the glory of its his­toric 1987 flag last week­end, the Bur­ras will rekin­dle mem­o­ries with a back-to cel­e­bra­tion dur­ing foot­ball ac­tion against Hor­sham Saints at Minyip on Au­gust 19.

John Har­vey, the of­ten con­tro­ver­sial and po­lar­is­ing Bur­ras coach of the time, will be among guests.

Other guests will in­clude an­other for­mer coach and one of the best play­ers to wear a Bur­ras jumper, Paul Baker.

He will travel from Perth, as will Shane ‘Harry’ Lind­say who kicked five goals in the premier­ship tri­umph.

Matt Hop­kins, an­other who had a pro­found in­flu­ence on the game with a mem­o­rable tackle in front of the Hor­sham City Oval grand­stand that led to a goal, will travel from Ade­laide for the oc­ca­sion.

The 1997 grand fi­nal rates as one of the most ex­cit­ing of the 1990s in a decade of tremen­dous ri­val­ries.

The record shows that Minyip beat St Michaels, which be­came Hor­sham Saints, 25-17 (167) to 17.9 (111).

The Bur­ras went on to again beat the Saints the fol­low­ing year to com­plete the hat-trick be­fore Ararat brought their dom­i­na­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion to a stop in 1999.

Minyip-mur­toa then en­dured a 16-year grand fi­nal drought un­til last year, when it made the sea­son fi­nale, again against the Saints.

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