Noradjuha-Quantong to celebrate 1984 HDFL premiership | Photos

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Noradjuha-Quantong player Heath Watson with a picture of Noradjuha’s 1984 premiership side. He is one of the mascots in the foreground. Watson will play on Saturday in a game commemorating 30 years since the premiership. Behind Watson is one of the special jumpers senior players will wear to commemorate Noradjuha’s nine premierships. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Noradjuha-Quantong player Heath Watson with a picture of Noradjuha’s 1984 premiership side. He is one of the mascots in the foreground. Watson will play on Saturday in a game commemorating 30 years since the premiership. Behind Watson is one of the special jumpers senior players will wear to commemorate Noradjuha’s nine premierships. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

THE QUANTONG Recreation Reserve will be a sea of red and green on Saturday as Noradjuha-Quantong hosts a reunion for the nine Noradjuha premiership sides since the Second World War.

Noradjuha-Quantong president Ian Wilson said the reunion was designed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Noradjuha’s epic grand final triumph over St Michaels.

The red and green came from seven goals down at half-time to salute in one of the most memorable HDFL grand finals.

Special guernseys have been designed, honouring all the premiership players from Noradjuha’s premiership years of 1945, 1955, 1956, 1966, 1975-78 and 1984.

“It will be the first time the old dark green and red Noradjuha jumpers have been worn since the merger with Quantong in 1997,” Mr Wilson said.

The reserves side will also make its first appearance in the Bombers’ popular light green clash strip, which the senior side has used over the past two years.

The dark green jumpers worn by senior players will be auctioned after the match.

Mr Wilson said the club expected a large contingent to attend on the day, where the Bombers will take on traditional rival Harrow-Balmoral.

Harrow-Balmoral is a merger of Douglas-Harrow Miga Lake and Balmoral, both sides that competed against Noradjuha in the former Central Wimmera Lowan Star.

Mr Wilson said the day would celebrate a small farming community that managed to snare nine flags in less than 40 years.

“It’s interesting to have a look at player profiles in the programs, you’ll see 16 or 18 out of the squad of 22 were farmers, and most of them had brothers and cousins in the same side,” he said.

Along with its record of premiership success, Noradjuha also produced several VFL-AFL players, including Peter and Adrian Hickmott, Stuart Cameron and Peter Light.

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