1968 Premiership reunion

May 09, 2018

Corowa’s 1968 premiership players Terry Phibbs, Robert Tait, George Tobias and Fred Longmire are looking forward to the big reunion.

Corowa-Rutherglen Football Club is having a 1968 Premiership Reunion on Sunday, May 27 at the John Foord Oval when the club hosts Yarrawonga.

The reunion will start at 11.00am which includes luncheon and will be on during the reserves game. It will finish at 2.00pm, in time for the big senior clash.
“At least a dozen players from the premiership team will be attending. Overall we’re expecting a crowd of 80, possibly 100,” past players president and organiser Phil Godde told The Free Press.
“We’ve got people coming from far-away places including America. Dennis Hutton (forward pocket, change ruck) will be here from America. When we invited him we asked him if he had a preference. He said he wanted to come back to it and said May, and hoped we’d bring it forward.”
It will be a most memorable day, with players recalling the club’s huge jump from 1967 wooden spooners to 1968 premiers, under former captain-coach, Richmond star Fred Swift.
“All players have been notified,” Phil said. “Anyone who had any involvement with the club is most welcome to attend.
“It remains Corowa Football Club’s finest hour, to beat Wodonga Bulldogs who had a strong side.”
Players were in their black and red coloured ‘Spiders’ jumpers in that 1968 grand-final before switching to the blue and white Roos jumpers.
In his fifth year as President of Corowa-Rutherglen Football Netball Club, Graham Hosier believes the reunion idea “is great”. “It’s good to see many of the blokes from that side supporting the Roos and watching their grandchildren play for Corowa-Rutherglen,” he said.
For catering purposes, organisers ask that persons interested in attending advise acceptance by Sunday, May 27.  

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