Reunion to mark Kangas’ 1969 flags
Members of North Albany’s 1969 premiership sides will return to Albany from across the country to celebrate the Kangas’ 50-year reunion.
Carlton half-back and 1964 Brownlow medallist Gordon Collis coached his first-ever premiership when the Kangas ran-out 14-point winners over the North Mt Barker Demons.
An estimated 50 players and their partners from the league and thirds’ 1969 premiership winning sides are expected to attend the round 14 Great Southern Football League fixture between North Albany and Mt Barker on Saturday.
The former players will meet for a luncheon in the clubrooms, while Collis will do the coin toss for the Kangas and Bulls’ league clash, before a half-time tribute to deceased players.
Graham Wellington, a 1969 premiership player, has fond memories of the triumphant day.
“It was euphoria really, when you go through the team there were lots who had never ever won a premiership, it was a big thing,” he said.
“They were euphoric days that we probably didn’t really appreciate at the time but we do 50 years later when we look back.”
The club also enjoyed their first-ever colts premiership, known as the thirds competition at the time.
After the league fixture at Collingwood Park, there will be photo presentations to both the thirds and league premiership sides.
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