Bombers celebrate 25 years

Past and present Irrewarra-Beeac players will reunite to celebrate the 25 years since Irrewarra and Beeac merged. The club has won three flags, a three-peat from 2008 to 2010.

IRREWARRA-BEEAC footballers and netballers from the past two-and-a-half decades will return to Colac to commemorate 25 years as a club.

The club will host a reunion at Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre next month in honour of a merger between Irrewarra and Beeac in 1986.

Co-organiser and three-time premiership Bomber Luke Vickers said he hoped to attract more than 200 people.

“Dale Gaylard and I just thought it was a good idea to commemorate the merger, and since we’ve won a few flags now we could celebrate that as well,” he said.

“We’ve sent out a fair few invites but we’ve lost a lot of records over the years so we’re hoping anyone who has been involved with the club will come along.”

The centrepiece of the evening will be the unveiling of the club’s teams of the past 25 years.

Officials have surveyed past and present players to compose a list of top 22 footballers and top nine netballers since the amalgamation, which they will announce on the night.

A host of modern-day Bombers are expected to feature, with Irrewarra-Beeac winning three consecutive football flags as well as 11 of the past 14 in the senior netball.

Among those are 2009 Jack Mahoney medallist and current football coach Khan Beckett, VCFL medallists Tony Walker and David Dunne as well as two-time netball association best and fairest Rachel Rodger and last season’s winner Narelle Frith.

Not to forget star footballers from the combine’s earlier, less successful days like Ian Shinners, Steve Roberts, Dave Parker and Leigh Garner.

Irrewarra-Beeac will host the two-course meal for up to 250 people on August 13 after the Bombers’ final-round clash against Alvie.

Past and present players can contact Vickers or the club for more information.

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