Preliminary Final 1987
Season 1987 we finished on top of the Seniors ladder having recorded 16 wins, 3 losses and a draw. Echuca finished 3rd with 14 wins, 5 losses and a draw. Shepp finished in 4th possie with 14 wins and 6 losses. Remember; we had lost the last three grand-finals.
We lost the 2nd Semi to Echuca - 15.7 (97) to 11.23 (89) Richard WARNURTON kicked 4 goals, Craig BLIZZARD kicked 2, Greg SCHNERRING 2 and singles to Chris FORD, Kevin HICKS and Dallas TERLICH. Our best players were listed as Warby, Gary KITTO, Ross SIDEBOTTOM, Skinny. Bruce FULLER and Chris WOODMAN. That loss of course placed us into the Preliminary Final against Shepparton.
This game was at Deakin Reserve on Sunday 20th September 1987. We won which gave us another crack at Echuca in the Big Dance. And yes; we won the Flag over Echuca. And yes; we won the next two flags too! What a sensational era this was.
Can you see a similarity here yet? 1987 we lost the 2nd semi to Echuca 2013 we lost the 2nd semi to Kyabram (close neighbours Echuca & Ky - OK?)
1987 we defeated Shepparton in the Prelim final at Deakin - 15.12 (102) to 11.10 (76) Wayne "Jika" FORD kicked 6, Ross SIDEBOTTOM kicked 3, Dallas TERLICH 2, Ross ADLEM 1, Craig BLIZZARD 1, Marcus SPENCER 1, Chris WOODMAN 1. Our Best players were recorded to be Stephen RALPH, Mario De SANTA ANA, Matt STEVENS, Chris FORD, Wayne FORD, Bruce FULLER, Sidey & Skin.
See another similarity ? We defeated at Shepparton based team in the Prelim - this week we play the other Shepparton based team in the Swans in the Prelim to have another crack at Ky (neighbour of Echuca.) It all makes sence does'nt
1987 was an unbelievable fantastic season for us. We had our Seniors, Reserves and Under 18's in the Grand Final. Unfortunately just our Seniors won the flag - we defeated Echuca 18.23 (131) to the Murray Bombers 14.7 (91) Our Reserves were defeated by Shepparton 19.14 (128) to our 16.13 (109) - Shepp also knocked us off in the Under 18's 15.13 (103) to 7.7 (49).
Our Under 18's were coached by Denis DAVIES with Russell HAACK as his Assistant - Gary OSBORN was the Team Manager. Our team was :- 1. Daryl SMITH 2. Stephen HILL 3. Anthony SCOTT 4. Wayne WEBBER 5. Vince ZAMPAGLIONE 6. Paul TOLL 7. David ROSSITER 8. John PATTISON 9. Tim SAULTRY 10. T. FORD 11. Jason KELLY 13. Adrian BURNS 14. A. KELSON 15. Rohan HILLMAN (Captain) 16. Darren WHITEHEAD 17. Chris LIMOSANI 18. M. CONROY 20. J. ALEXANDER 21. Chris COX (DVC) 22, David GRIFFIN 25. Brendan KENNA 26. Brendan GUY 27. Scott GREIG 28. Cameron WALKER 30. Damien WOODMAN and 31. Jarrod DEMPSTER.
Apologies to the boys whose Christian names are not mentioned - could someone who knows the names please e-mail the footy club so we can amend this?
Our Reserves list for the Grand Final was :- Coach Trevor MORRIS, Team Manager Frank KITTO --- 5. Rick McCLUSKEY 13. Jason DOYLE 15. Tom ZAMPAGLIONE 17. Trevor MORRIS 23. Ash BICKNELL 26. Rod SENIOR 28. Rod STEVENSON 29. Stephen WEISS 30. Joe DiSTEFANO 31. Tim CONROY 32. Brian KEENAN 33. Tom AVRAM 35. John QUATTROCCHI 36. Peter MARSHALL 37. Kevin ORR 38. Dean HALL 39. Paul BYRNE 40. Ed SLAVICH 41. G. COFFEY 42. George KATSOUTAS 43. Ross ADLEM 44. Nick DIMIT 45. Geoff QOSE 47. Mark HUNTER 48. Ross WRIGHT 50. Tommy BOUMBIS 51. Shane WEBBER 52. John SFETCOPOULOS 57. Greg McPHERSON 60. Brendan HERRING.
Our Seniors for the 1987 were :- Coach Richard WARBURTON Assistant Coach Gary KITTO Team Manager John HOWLETT 1. Wayne FORD 2. Stephen RALPH 3. Chris FORD 4. Marcus SPENCER (Captain) 6. Gary KITTO 7. Andrew PARKER 8. Greg SCHNERRING 9. Geoff HALL 10. Kevin HICKS 11. Dallas TERLICH 12. Dean PATTISON 14. Chris WOODMAN 18. Bruce FULLER 19. Mario De SANTA-ANA 20. Craig BLIZZARD 21. Mark LIMOSANI 22. George TRAIANIDIS 24. Matthew STEVENS 25. Ross SIDEBOTTOM 27. Richard WARBURTON 30. Joe DiSTEFANO 43. Ross ADLEM.
A prize to who can identify whose who :- Jika ? Jock ? Ballbag? Snapper? Broth? Bulldog? Goober? Cooch? Skin? The Golden Greek? Skoie? Perce?
Please send your answers to the footy club e-mail which is :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Would'nt it be just the best feeling if we could repeat 1987 plus go one better and have the Reserves celebrating too?
NEVER SAY DIE DEMONS !!!!!!