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Legends clash is no myth

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May 04, 2018

Shepparton Swans past legends Paula Ryan and Jarrod Sutherland are set for a big weekend of celebrations during the interleague bye to celebrate the club's 90 year anniversary.

A few years or even decades may have passed since some Shepparton Swans legends took to the football field or netball court.

But on Saturday, May 19 they will again run onto Princess Park to commemorate the club’s 90th anniversary.

Making the most of the interleague bye, a legends netball and football match will be held with an abundance of interest in donning the red and white once more.

Organiser Jarrod Sutherland said past players would be coming from near and afar to take part.

‘‘Josh Wilson called to say he’s flying back from Darwin to play in the legends match and come to the dinner and Ricky Hall is coming from Albury, so there are a few travelling,’’ he said.

‘‘Derek, Jason and Adam Coghlan all live in Melbourne, but they’re all coming back to play, which is good.’’

Coaches have been sorted and Greg Kirkman will lead one side with Baden Bruinier his assistant.

The opposing team will have former coach Paul Hawke take the reins again and Jeff Wilson will be on side to help out.

In the netball 30 players will be split between two teams coached by Janet Gill-Kirkman and Tanya Mathieson, and past player Paula Ryan is thrilled to be reunited with former teammates.

‘‘This is a really good opportunity to reignite some of those friendships, you don’t always keep in contact with people, so to have a catch-up is always great,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘Coming back some things never change and you get back and think ‘oh wow, we’re back where we left off’.

‘‘Success is not always winning premierships — as much as it is ideal; I played in five losing (A-grade) grand finals and great friendships have come out of that, but we’ll never have a premiership reunion.’’

Sutherland made his way to the club as an under-16 player when it was formerly known as Lemnos.

Aside from a couple of years away at Nathalia and Yarrawonga he spent his playing career at the Swans and his sons have followed in his footsteps.

The initial idea to celebrate 90 years of the club was sparked in January with the concept rapidly building momentum since.

The legends netball match on Saturday, May 19 begins at noon and the football at 1.30pm with entry via a gold coin donation.

A celebration dinner will also be held on the same night at the McIntosh Centre at Shepparton Showgrounds; tickets can be purchased at www.sheppswans90.com/

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