A year to remember

Blues celebrate 20th anniversary of dual O&K premiership triumph

LOOKING BACK: (From left) David Dinning, Wendy Hogan, Duane Kerwin, Janine Smith and Rod Canny recall their memories of 1993.

WIN lose or draw, Greta Football Netball Club will have reason to celebrate following tomorrow’s home game against Bright, with the Blues commemorating the 20th anniversary of their dual premierships in 1993.

Greta came up against Chiltern in the senior football grand final, and as then president David Dinning recalls, the Blues were heavy underdogs against the Swans.

“Chiltern were undefeated all year before we met up with them in the grand final,” Dinning said.

“They beat us during the year, then by four or five goals in the second semi-final.

“They thought they were going to beat us in the grand final as well, but obviously that didn’t happen.”

Chiltern was coached by Jeff Cassidy, who played 50 games at Geelong from 1974-80, and also led Lavington to Ovens and Murray premiership success, and the team featured such stars as Wayne Pendergast, who played 312 O&M matches and was a best and fairest winner at Lavington, and two 17 year olds named Nigel and Matthew Lappin, who would go on to play 530 AFL matches between them.

“They were a great side, but our boys just matched up with them well on the day,” Greta’s 1993 coach, Rod Canny, said.

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