Angaston footy legends reunite

ANGASTON FOOTBALL’S FINEST DAY

Any premiership player will tell you, the next best thing after playing in a flag is the reunions!

September 17, 1977, was a “red-letter” day in the glittering history of the Angaston Panthers Football Club.

For the only time in the club’s history, the Panthers won both a junior and senior flag.

The journeys to both premierships has now been enshrined into Angaston Football Club folklore.

Captain-coach Daryl Beale, Tim Jackson and Trevor Smitham were among the former Central District league footballers in the A grade side.

Defender Ross Cameron and rover Freddie Carabott and ruckman John Beasley, working at Lindsay Park stud, were valuable additions.

Out of the colt program was key position players Kym Lehmann, Peter O’Niell and John Batten, playing centre half forward, full back and centre half back respectively.

There was local sporting star Kym Reid as well, along with veteran Mick Koch and half back John Kretschmer, and A grade football and cricketer Mick O’Niell.

There was the larger than life Peter Pech on a half back flank and the oldest of the three France siblings, Michael in the back pocket.

The late Peter Schultz and publican Ted Boylan played roles as well.

Local legend and five times B&L reserves best and fairest (now called the Herald Medal) was 19th man, while David Menzel 20th.

Jeff Clifford played in the first grand final, but was replaced by Steve Schmidt in the replay.

Beale’s Angaston A grade side had to defeat the previously unbeaten Nuriootpa in the last minor round game to make the finals.

They then defeated Tanunda in the first semi, had a heroic win over Robin Mullholland’s Nuriootpa Tigers to bundle them out of premiership race on preliminary final day, with the last quarter achievements of Lindsay Stevens and the late Ted Boylan legendary.

The first A grade decider was a 13.13-all draw against Kapunda, before this side won the replay, with a teenage Kym Lehmann producing a best on round display at centre half forward.

“I always though the win over Nuriootpa in the preliminary final was our Grand Final that year,” Kym Reid said.

“I was confident we had Kapunda’s measure.

“We were lucky to get out of the first Grand Final with a draw and they were coming in the last term.

“Lucky they didn’t kick straight.

“For me that was a second grand final draw, as we also drew with Nuriootpa back in 1969.

“I do remember the blank looks on many people’s faces after the draw at Freeling that year.

“We played a pretty solid game in the replay.”

A seven-time premiership player (six A grade and one colts) with the Panthers, Reid was high among the best players in both game, and through the finals series.

The Angaston Under 15s, coached by Peter Marks and captained by William Hurn, were second all year to the Bombers, until they day it counted most.

They had a second semi-final draw against Kapunda, lost the replay and defeated RSMU in the penultimate game to make the final.

For the first time for the season, on grand final day, they defeated the Bombers and claimed the flag.

Other members of that team included Chris Brook, four-time junior premiership player Shane Parks and Richard Argent who were at the reunion.

WESTY STAYS AT ALBERTON

Power’s versatile veteran Justin Westhoff is to remain on the Port Adelaide list for the 2018 campaign.

Westhoff has turned his back on free agency after triggering a contract extension for the 2018 season.

General manager of football at Alberton, Chris Davies, said the 30-year-old’s experience continued to be invaluable.

“He’s performed roles for us in every line this season,” Davies said.

“His versatility and durability are an absolute strength and we’re pleased Justin will be with us again for at least another year.”

Westhoff has played 221 games since being selected with the penultimate pick, number 71 in the 2006 national draft.

The second of three brothers who have played SANFL league football with Central District, Westhoff hails from our Tanunda Magpies in the Barossa, Light and Gawler competition.

Interestingly, back in local Under 15s football, in a grand final appearance for the Magpies, Westhoff wasn’t deemed good enough by his coach of the day to deserve a run in that game.

How times have changed.