Blokes who grew up on dairy farms team of the century (latest)
On a post-wet evening in the western district, where the dams are full, and the puddles are many, and the footballers and cows are relishing the mud, the young dairy farmers (and some older ones) met for their conference and dinner at Glenormiston College.
They were there principally to hear the naming of the dairy farmers’ footy side.
There has been a lot of interest in this dairy farmers’ team since we mucked around with it at the dairy conference dinner at the MCG earlier this year.
Since then footyalmanac.com.au has received many comments with nominations, and the word has spread through the local press and radio and from herring-bone to herring-bone and beyond.
You can hardly pull up a three-leg stool without someone having something to say about it all.
So, from the nominations, we have picked another team – which is getting closer to the mark. It is sure to create discussion, if not argument. (You think we could find a place for John Williams in the team – that must be reconsidered.)
But here it is.
FB: Francis Bourke Ian Salmon (the ‘cow technologist’) Gary Farrant
HB: David McLeish Peter Knights John Devine
C: Colin Watson (Capt-coach) Brendan Edwards Scratcher Neal
HF: John Rantall Scott Lucas Anthony Stevens
FF: Leon Harris Lindsay White Adrian Gleeson
Foll: Darren Flanigan Paul Couch Ronny Wearmouth
Interchange: from John Williams, Bernie Harris, Smirky Dwyer, Kevin O’Keefe, Neville Bruns, Doug Farrant, Chris Heffernan, Peter McIntyre, Brian Mackenzie, Daryl Salmon, Max Robertson, Gary Rohan, Alan Jarrot, the McDonald brothers (Anthony, Alex, James, Philip), Ben Cunnington, Craig Cleave.
Queries surround some possibles so if anyone can confirm their bona fides that would be great:
The Lord twins
Morrie Hearn – he became a dairy farmer at Yambuk
As a result of all of the discussions, and the debate this is likely to generate, and the arrival of further nominations, we are saying that the team remains fluid, which is appropriate for the dairy industry, and that the Match Committee will meet from time to time to re-consider.
Your suggestions (and clarifications) are most welcome.