The Border Watch : March 27th 2014
38 TARPEENA FOOTBALL CLUB REUNION VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au 1994 PREMIERS: Tarpeena Football Club’s Under 17 team of 1994 will join with the club’s 1974 senior team in a weekend of premiership reunions this Saturday (back row, from left) Josh Clark, Jamie Parsons, Sam Clark, Scott Webber, Corey Gordon, Tony Bogie, Shaun Hanson and Dean Traecey (runner). Middle: Wally Balnaves (timekeeper), Cliff Robinson (coach), Aaron Ilsley, Jon Larkin, Michael Pitt, Matthew Nielson, Terry Dodd-Cox, David Williams, Matthew Smith and Peter Harness (trainer). Front: Peter Balnaves, Steve Leamey, Bevan White (vice-captain), Jim Keenan (captain), Jamie Mathys, Adam Parsons. Absent: Justin Jackson and Nathan Stratford. Canaries to sing again Two premiership reunions planned for this weekend at Tarpeena clubrooms MORRIS ROD firstname.lastname@example.org IN name, the spirit of the Tarpeena Football Club lives on. While a ball hasn’t been kicked in anger by the once mighty Canaries in 11 years, the memory of past deeds are still vivid for those who were involved. This Saturday two Tarpeena premiership teams will reunite to relive those glory days. The Dennis Mansell coached seniors from 1974 and the Cliff Robinson coached Under 17s from 1994 will gather at the Tarpeena clubrooms – 23km north of Mount Gambier – to recall their deeds. The Tarpeena Football Club was formed in 1947 and joined the Mid South East Football League and was an active member up until 2000 when the club was forced into recess. Prior to 2000, Tarpeena had not won a senior game in six successive seasons and were well and truly the chopping block of the league. Tarpeena returned from a one year hiatus in 2001, but just eight wins over the next three seasons forced the club into another recess at the start of the 2004 . . . a break it has never recovered from. But hope lives on that one day the mighty Canaries may make a return. Reunion organiser, Lynton Cram, who was also a member of the 1974 senior team, said the majority of players from teams involved this weekend had indicated their intention to attend although the club had struggled to make contact with Ralph Ross. Cram said the reunion was also open to any former player, committee person or supporter of the Canaries. 38 - The Border Watch, Thursday, March 27, 2014 For more information on the reunion, contact Cram on 8739-6287. Seniors 1974 FORTY years ago, the MSEFL structure included 10 clubs, playing a full series of 18 home and away games. Tarpeena topped the ladder with 15 wins and a draw with Tantanoola, Mount Burr and Hatherleigh making up the remainder of the top four. Hatherleigh were ousted from the premiership race when beaten by Mount Burr in the 1st semi-final in a game that could have gone either way, the Mozzies holding on by three points. Seven days later Tarpeena took full advantage of some wayward kicking by Tantanoola to win the 2nd semi-final, 14.16 (100) v 6.21 (57) and Peter Mansell was in top gear, booting five goals. The Tigers failed to recover from that loss, bowing out in the preliminary final by a heartbreaking three points against Mount Burr. Some compensation for Tantanoola was the fact the 1974 grand final was played at its home ground, thereby gaining some financial reward if not glory by premiership. Tarpeena had been the form team all season, starting with 13 straight wins before surrending to Mount Burr in the second half of the roster. The Canaries’ only other loss was to Tantanoola just before the finals series began. This was to be Tarpeena’s sixth – and last – MSEFL grand final appearance after losing to Glencoe in 1954 and 1955, defeating the Murphies in 1961 and then losses in 1964 and 1973 to Port MacDonnell and Tantanoola respectively. Mount Burr jumped out of the blocks in stunning fashion and the Canaries found themselves 28 points down at the first break. But with captain-coach Dennis Mansell lifting and able to inspire teammates such as Garry Pitt, Terry Howe, Allan Pitt, Lynton Cram, Rex Klassens, Clive Ilsley, David Little, Joe Campbell and Tinus Klassens, Tarpeena fought its way back into the contest. The second half belonged to Tarpeena as Mansell’s men cruised to a 21 point victory. 1974 Senior MSEFL grand final Tarpeena v Mount Burr At Tantanoola Tarpeena 16.9 Mount Burr 1 2.12 (105) (84) Goals – Tarpeena: D. Mansell 4, A. Pitt 3, A. Thompson 2, W. Patzel 2, E. Pearson 2, P. Mansell, L. Pearson, K. Neumann; Mount Burr: R. Tilby 4, C. Clarke 2, C. Edmunds 2, P. Delaine, H. Rigby, B. Baker, H. Altschwager. Best – Tarpeena: G. Pitt, D. Mansell, K. Neumann, A. Pitt, L. Pearson, L. Cram; Mount Burr: N. Bowering, R. Tilby, W. Whennan, B. Von Stanke, H. Altschwager, B. Dean. Senior colts 1994 TWENTY years ago, Tarpeena’s Under 17 side – under the coaching reins of Cliff Robinson – breezed through the 18 round roster series undefeated and stamped itself as the team to beat for the premiership. Mount Burr finished in second spot, two wins adrift while Nangawarry and Port MacDonnell made up the remainder of the top four. Port MacDonnell was the first casualty of the finals series, bundled out by 27 points. A week later in the 2nd semi-final, Tarpeena staged a strong a fightback to reel in Mount Burr and win by two points and grab a berth in the grand final. Mount Burr recovered in the prelimi- nary final, scoring a strong 37 point win over Nangwarry and the scene was set for Tarpeena to win only its second ever MSEFL U17 premiership or Mount Burr its eight... and third in succession. Port MacDonnell was set to host the 1994 MSEFL grand finals and Mother Nature did her bit by turning on a glorious spring day. The Canaries jumped to a three goal lead in the first quarter which was pegged back to four points at half time and two points at the last change. The closeness of the match continued in the final stanza, but the likes of Jim Keenan (captain), Bevan White (vice-captain), Steve Leamey, Jon Larkin and Terry Dodd-Cox stood up when it counted most and the Canaries held on for a thrilling four point victory. 1994 U17 MSEFL grand final Tarpeena v Mount Burr At Port MacDonnell Tarpeena 4.1 6.2 9.6 11.6 (72) Mount Burr 1.1 5.4 9.4 10.8 (68) Goals – Tarpeena: Steve Leaney 2, Aaron Ilsley 2, Jamie Parsons 2, Jamie Mathys 2 Terry Dodd-Cox, Jim Keenan, Jon Larkin; Mount Burr: J. Nowak 4, J. Little 2, N. Baker 2, M. Schultz, A. Ferguson. Best – Tarpeena: All played well. Mount Burr: A. Riddle, A. Nesbit, J. Teagle, J. Nowak, D. Bowering.
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