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Third Lakers flag popular with ‘Percy’

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September 25, 2017

Champion midfielder Michael Roberts (middle) celebrates with his teammates after adding a third premiership medal to the ones he won in 1998 and 1999.

Nagambie had star veterans out there everywhere you turn.

There were not too many more popular than Michael ‘‘Percy’’ Roberts, who made it 18 years between his last premiership at Nagambie.

Roberts played in the 1999 flag with the Lakers before embarking on a brilliant career that has taken him to the Goulburn Valley League with Mooroopna and Tatura.

The star midfielder was also part of the club’s drought-breaking 1998 campaign as a teenager when it won a first premiership in 21 years.

After almost two decades coming between his first premiership, Roberts played a starring role with two crucial goals late in the first quarter.

Nagambie coach Linc Sullivan said Roberts was a key cog in the Lakers’ third premiership in four years.

‘‘He (Roberts) played in those back-to-back flags in ’98 and ’99 and he’s naturally a decorated footballer in country Victoria having achieved so much in the GVFL,’’ Sullivan said.

‘‘He’s one of my best mates, so to get him back this year was great.

‘‘I had to twist his arm to get him here, but I said to him ‘you might just top it off for us in the midfield’.’’

It was not the only incredible story from a veteran to come out of Nagambie.

After playing more than 300 games for Violet Town, Bo Harrison switched to the Lakers last year.

Harrison featured in Nagambie’s premiership last season, with that grand final being against Avenel.

But this time Harrison had to line-up in the decider against a club he had virtually grown up at.

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