STAWELL Football Netball Club will celebrate 30 years since its 1987 Wimmera Football League senior premiership victory.
Known then as the Redlegs, prior to merging with the Warriors, Stawell recorded its 11th premiership with a 10-point victory against Horsham.
Five-time Toohey Medallist for league best and fairest, Tony Beck, coached the side to victory at Dimboola, running out 15.15 (105) to 14.11 (95) winners.
The premiership will be celebrated at the clash against Minyip-Murtoa at Stawell’s Central Park on Saturday.
The event will tie in with the Stawell Football Netball Club ‘Callawadda Estate’ Warriors annual president's luncheon, where the club thanks its sponsors and life members for their support.
Reunion organiser Mark Stainsby said a significant amount of the team would be at the reunion.
“Only a couple of guys won’t be able to make it. Tony Beck will make his way from Adelaide. We are absolutely rapt to get people back,” he said.
A 1987 Stawell premiership player turned AFL player, commentator and player manager Liam Pickering will be the special guest for the event, to begin at 12.15pm.
Pickering said despite not having the best recollection of the game, he was excited to get back and celebrate.
“It was the only senior premiership I was able to play in,” he said.
“The game itself is a bit of a blur. I watched some of the game the other day, there were some very strange hairdos back then. It is a great memory that I cherish, and I am still mates with guys I played with in that team.”
Premiership player and coach Tony Beck said it will be a good opportunity for him to meet up with players he has not seen in years.
“I missed the 20 year reunion, so it will be good to see a lot of the guys,” he said.
Beck said being able to play and coach the team was difficult but rewarding.
“Being the coach and having to play yourself was tough,” he said.
“It was a big effort but a huge honour to coach the team I grew up following and playing for to a flag.”
Beck has since stepped back from football to focus on his career and family.
“Having girls meant that my involvement in football became less of a focus in my life,” he said.
“I still have good friends in Stawell so I try to keep up with how the team is going.”
Reunion formalities continue throughout the day, with a band playing at the club into the evening.
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