Swifts to celebrate centenary

Swifts Football Netball Club will later this month celebrate one hundred years of football.

Jamie Britten, Rob Lembo and Ricky Whitehead who will all celebrate milestones.

Jamie Britten, Rob Lembo and Ricky Whitehead who will all celebrate milestones.

The club, in recent weeks, has set out trying to find and reclaim some precious memorabilia after a fire 35 years ago destroyed a lot of history.

Organisers of the centenary celebrations, Trevor Skurrie, Chris Folkes, Robert Carey and Ian O'Donnell were calling on anyone who had any information to come forward to help with the cause, then along came Terry Jenkins.

Jenkins, a life member of the Swifts Football Netball Club, didn't realise the significance of the little treasure he had been holding onto for decades.

A small sterling silver medal about the size of a fifty cent piece with 'Swifts F.C Prem.1914' engraved in the back of it, meant everything to Skurrie and his fellow organisers.

The premiership medal was won by Jenkins' great uncle William Jones and was the first premiership medal received by the club.

The score in their first senior premiership was Swifts 3.4.22 defeating Warriors 1.11.17 and was the only game to be played that year.

Swifts will celebrate the history of their great club on June 21 when they take to the field against Rupanyup.

A combination of the three jumpers worn by Swifts has been designed featuring the original blue V, the white stripes and the current teal white and black.

There is also a list of the premierships that have been won in the four leagues Swifts have been a part of.

Swifts, who supposedly got their name from a pack of swallows hovering around the club organisers on Big Hill, have played in the Stawell and District Football Association (1914-1929), South Wimmera Football League (1930- 1969), Ararat and District Football Association (1970-1999) and now Horsham District Football League (2000- present).

The club, in its 100 years of football, has won 17 senior premierships, eight reserves and five juniors as well as 19 netball premierships across three grades.

The centenary year will also be a reunion for both the senior and reserves flags in 1994 and the 2004 reserves premiership.

After months of research led by Chris Folkes and Trevor Skurrie, the club will unveil three "teams of the era" marking its time in the three most recent leagues.

The unveiling of the teams will be completed at their 100 year celebratory cabaret which is to be held at the Stawell Entertainment Centre (Town Hall) on Saturday, June 21.

There is a live band as well as the recognition of several players and teams, so is sure to be a great night.

If you have any information, photos or awards, particularly from the 1960 premiership or are interested in attending the event, contact club president Rob Carey on 0400 581 937.

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