By Tyler Lewis
Records are made to be broken, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be celebrated.
2019 looms as the first season in 21 years that all of Officer/ROC’s sides will all feature in September and at the same time is a chance to celebrate the champions who have come before the current potential ones.
On Saturday 17 August, the Officer/ROC Football Netball Club will be celebrating the achievements of past champions who have filled the silverware cabinets at Starling Road.
While the current crop of Kangaroos will be hoping to move into fourth position on the ladder against Warburton on Saturday, the reserves champions of ’84, ’89, ’99 & ’04 will all be in celebration with ’89 A, B, C and ’94 A and C premiership netball sides in a massive day for the club.
Since this prominent era, the Kangaroos have been deprived of collective success until now.
President Nick McLennan believes the weekend celebrating the past heroes of the club, provides the current ones with some spark coming into such an important finals series for the club.
“I always say ‘if you don’t know where you come from, you will never know where you are going’,” he said.
“It’s great that as a club we are able to celebrate our previous success stories and it is important to have our past players around the club.
“This weekend presents us with the opportunity for our current players to hear from and meet many players who have years of success and it’s a great opportunity for them to learn about the history of our great club.
“If there any past players out there who played in any of these flags, come down to what is shaping to be an excellent day.”
While the day is a sensational spark of inspiration for the current crop of talent at Officer, it is also a great way to reunite the champions that have worn the white and blue in the past. and president of past players and officials, Rob Cousins is nothing short of excited for the event this weekend.
“It is an exciting time to be around the club,” he said.
“This weekend presents a great opportunity for great friends to get to get together, talk about their footballing career whilst showing support to the current crop of players and officials.
“This will be the first opportunity many of our guests experience the new league, so it will be an exciting day.
“With all our sides, both football and netball locked away in the finals, it presents us with the opportunity to repeat the feats of those who we are celebrating this weekend.”
Officer play last placed Warburton Millgrove this weekend, while Mount Evelyn, which sits in fourth, takes on Monbulk, so it is a great chance for the Roos to sneak into fourth with a strong percentage which would cap off what looms as a remarkable day for all involved.