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Glen Alvie club reunites

MORE than 30 years ago, the final siren sounded for the Glen Alvie Football and Netball clubs, with players hanging up their boots for the last time in February 1988.
Three decades later 300 former players, committee members, spectators and family members gathered together to commemorate the club at a recent reunion weekend.
A formal dinner was held at the Inverloch Community Hub on Saturday, October 7, with the reunion culminating in a family barbecue at the Glen Alvie Recreation Reserve on Sunday, October 8.
Players spanning several generations, along with ex-committee members and life members of the club were joined together in their excitement and joy at being reunited once more after many years.
“It’s just been such a wonderful weekend, it’s marvellous,” said former netball player Kaye Anderson.
Attendees laughed and swapped stories long into the night, reminiscing on days gone by, united by their love and passion for their country football club.
Many stories were told about near misses in matches, and the big celebrations that were held at the old Tin Shed, regardless of where the team placed on the ladder.
One ex-player was heard to say, “I’ve never known a club to celebrate coming second quite like the Glen Alvie teams did.”
Former player and MC for the reunion, Alan Bolding, called the weekend a “once in a lifetime event”.
The reunion highlight was the surprise reveal of a commemorative recognition football team, with players selected from the early 21st century up to the folding of the club in the late 80s.
Players were selected for their dedication to the club and their playing prowess, and were honoured on a special plaque which is now to be displayed at the Glen Alvie Recreation Reserve.
The plaque – along with a custom built memorabilia display cabinet and a new safe for the secure storage of historical records – was funded by a Bass Coast Shire Community Grant.
Key players in the organisation of the reunion weekend were Elwyn Matthews, Neville Chapman, Jen Stuchbery, Michael Green, Marie Wilson and Alan Bolding, along with many others who pitched in to help organise the weekend’s events.
The Glen Alvie Football and Netball Club went into recess on February 8, 1988, before officially folding five years later.
The club’s final match was played in 1987.
For many Glen Alvie players and their families, there has always been something special about the club that extended well beyond the boundary of the football ground.
With more than 200 players, family members, and supporters of the club turning out for the weekend’s commemorative events, it is evident that despite there no longer being a club or playing teams, the spirit of Glen Alvie lives on.

Star players: players and family representatives of the newly formed Recognition Team were, back from left, Peter McLaren, Murray Wilson, Neil Bowman, Malcolm Scott, Stuart Scott, Neville Chapman, Bob Smith, Kevin Guthrie, Robyn Bolding, Elwyn Matthews and Brian Kane, front from left, Ian Thorne, Shirley McKenzie, Alan Hart, Andy Grant, Coral Brown, Michelle Barker (nee Ware) and Rex Thorne.

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