In a fitting first evening event in the new AFL pavilion La Trobe University Football Club and La Trobe Sport welcomed back the Club Alumni from the ’67 to ’70 era to celebrate the Club’s 1969 Premiership. Over 60 guests attended, including the Vice-Chancellor John Dewar, VAFA CEO Brett Connell, representatives of the University Alumni and Advancement Office, La Trobe Sport and the founding members of LTUFC as well as several current Committee members and players.
All but one of the 1969 premiership players were in attendance. The majority were students in the first few years of the University when the club was based in various locations, including what is now Car Park 6 and the temporary oval had a difficult uphill slope to the south which is still visible today.
After a tour of the impressive new facilities and a team photo on the new oval guests sat down to a three course meal in the upstairs function room, overlooking the ground.
Bob Segrave opened describing the early days of the club he and Ralph Gallagher, both members of staff, founded in 1967 along with first year students including Tony Sheehan and David Morgan. Premiership Coach and Captain Andrew Gee described the year, with the club playing in the now defunct Panton Hill Football League against sides such as Mernda and Whittlesea, in an era when students were not highly regarded and physical intimidation was the norm. He treated the attendees to a colourful impersonation of some of the Mernda spectators.
Club legend and games record holder Tony Sheehan and VC John Dewar presented David Morgan with the title of Lifetime Patron of La Trobe University Football Club, before David told of his recollections of the year and Inter-varsity (now University Nationals). David kicked a remarkable 176 goals in 1969, including 20 in one game. After being invited to Richmond FC and playing for Melbourne University Blacks, the Australian National University in Canberra and Eastlakes FC, David hung up his boots and embarked on a highly successful career in finance.
The evening was a fitting start to what will be a busy year for La Trobe University Football Club, with reunions for the ’88 and ’89 Premierships, the ’99 Premiership, and the ’09 and ’10 Premierships still to be held in 2019.
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Published by Andrew Sutherland 25.02.2019