Day to remember at Dimboola
Dimboola is about $20,000 better off after a visit from club legend Tim Watson and media identities Mike Sheahan and Sam Newman at the weekend, in the estimate of club secretary Col Campbell.
Former Essendon premiership player Alec Epis joined the trio for a special lunch during Dimboola’s home game against Stawell, as they discussed their careers in the football industry for about an hour.
Watson played junior football at Dimboola before joining the VFL and arranged for himself, Sheahan, Newman and Epis to speak free of charge.
Club secretary Col Campbell said the club had reaped a huge financial benefit from the event.
He said Sheahan told him the club would have had to pay about $15,000 for the appearances if their fees had not been waived.
He said the benefits kept flowing even after the group departed, with many of the roughly 200 people who came to listen to the talk staying around for the club’s goods and services auction
that night. “Without knowing a real figure, I think it was worth about $20,000 to us with the extra people through the gate, the income we made from the tickets to the lunch and the extra people who hung around for the auction,” he said.
“It’s hard to put a figure on, but it was definitely a good day for us.”
Mr Campbell said Watson had thoroughly enjoyed returning to his hometown despite only being able to stay briefly due to media commitments in Melbourne.
“I think Tim enjoyed it; he was happy to be back,” Mr Campbell said.
“He got a photo with three of the boys he played in an under-16 premiership with at Dimboola in 1975 and he remembered all of their names straight away.
“He said it was a good trip, but too quick. They got there at 12.45pm and they were gone by 2pm.
“That’s the way of the world with those blokes in the media.”
Mr Campell said everyone who attended the talk had been thoroughly entertained.
“There was a bit of comedy, there was a bit of history on what Tim and Alex had done, then Mike told people about Sam and Sam cracked a few jokes and told a few stories,” he said.
“Mike asked a few questions and kept the ball rolling.
“Alec gave a bit of a history of himself and where he’s from – he loves country clubs.
“Everyone who came along absolutely got their money’s worth.
“I had a few people tell me the tickets were too cheap and we should’ve charged more.”
BIG NAMES: Left, media personality Sam Newman, Dimboola club secretary Col Campbell, club legend Tim Watson, media identity Mike Sheahan and dual Essendon premiership player Alec Epis at a Dimboola Football Club lunch. Below, Watson, second from right, catches up with 1975 Dimboola under-16 premiership teammates, from left, Rob Pearse, Mick Salter and Gary Nuske. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER