Swifts celebrate 100th birthday after win over Rupanyup

CENTENARY TEAM: Swifts’ senior team for Saturday’s 100th anniversary
clash with Rupanyup. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

CENTENARY TEAM: Swifts’ senior team for Saturday’s 100th anniversary clash with Rupanyup. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

SWIFTS celebrated its 100th birthday in style on Saturday, with former players, members and supporters flocking back to the club.

The Baggies played in front of their biggest home crowd of the year and did not let supporters down in a 79-point win over Rupanyup.

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The club hosted a post-match function and cabaret night at the Stawell Entertainment Centre after the game, with a capacity crowd of about 350 attending.

Players wore special 100-year anniversary jumpers on the day, incorporating three historic Baggies uniform designs.

The player jumpers were auctioned at the post-match function, netting more than $14,000 for the club.

Swifts president Robert Carey said it had been a special day in the club's history.

"It went as well as we could ever have expected," he said.

"Even thought it turned out to be an average day weather-wise, a big crowd turned up and we had some magnificent comments from former players.

"It was a day and night that will hold a very special place in everyone's heart."

Three teams of the era were also announced on the night.

The teams covered the club's time in three leagues in South Wimmera from 1930-1969, Ararat and District from 1970-1999 and Horsham District from 2000-onwards.

"We've had minimal backlash about the teams, which is good because there are always a few that have to miss out," Mr Carey said.

"I'd like to thank the selectors for picking the teams, Peta and Chris Folkes for being the driving force behind organising the night, and the committee for all its work.

"I did my knee on the Monday prior and had to sit around for the whole week, so I'm very thankful to everyone who helped out."

Mr Carey estimated the 350-plus crowd at the function was the biggest crowd to attend the town hall for a single event.

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