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West to remember 49ers

Saturday, 8th June, 2019

The 1949 West Football Club premiership team will be honoured at this year’s West past players and officials reunion. PICTURE: Supplied The 1949 West Football Club premiership team will be honoured at this year’s West past players and officials reunion. PICTURE: Supplied

By Tyler Hannigan

The West Football Club will celebrate the 1949 A Grade premiership team at their past players and officials reunion next month.

West won that game by one point, 13.7 (85) to 12.12 (84), but the finish was very controversial as the umpire paid a mark after the final bell had sounded. The bell rang a second time as West’s Alby House lined up for his kick which he duly put through to give his side the win.

The umpire later claimed he and most of the players had not heard the first or second bell due to the raucous crowd and only noticed when the crowd started to stream onto the field. Still, the result stood and West were declared premiers for the 1949 season.

The controversy continued after the game when the infamous bell was stolen and subsequently destroyed. 

That team contained a litany of past greats of the club including, George Merrett, Garth Burkett and Bob Tozer, who passed away recently, just to name a few.

Only two players from that side - Joe Blackwell and Alan Pollard - remain and both are set to attend the function on June 23 at the West clubrooms.

As well as celebrating the 1949 team, the day will also include the annual Top Robin presentation and an appearance from guest speaker Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt.

Everitt, 45, played 291 AFL games as an elite tap ruckman. He began his 15-year career at St Kilda, playing 180 games for the Saints and won their best and fairest award in 2001 before being traded to Hawthorn in 2002.

He would go onto play 72 games for the Hawks, gaining All-Australian selection for a third time in 2005 and winning the club’s best and fairest award in 2004.

At the end of 2006, Everitt was traded a second time, this time to Sydney where he would finish his career. 

Since his retirement, Everitt has worked in the media on the Gold Coast as well as commentating on AFL games for Triple M.    

The day will kick off at 11am with John Lynch returning as the MC. Tickets are $55 which includes beer, soft drinks and a meal and can be purchased through the club from Jamahl Carr on 0428 292 672 as well as David Sedunary on 0419 033 545 or Andrew Wilson on 0419 839 739.

 

WHAT: West Past Players and Officials Reunion

WHEN: Sunday, June 23 - 11am

WHERE: West Football Club

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