Day to re­mem­ber at Dim­boola

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGIL­LIVRAY

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

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