Dunnstown to recall anniversary, 1994 premiership glory in big celebration

DUNNSTOWN Football Club will combine its 1994 premiership reunion and 120-year club anniversary into one big celebration next weekend.

Former Dunnstown Football Club coach Shawne Dummett, left, and ex-president Gary Bridges have been part of the organising committee preparing a celebration to mark the club’s 20-year premiership reunion and 120th club anniversary.

Former Dunnstown Football Club coach Shawne Dummett, left, and ex-president Gary Bridges have been part of the organising committee preparing a celebration to mark the club’s 20-year premiership reunion and 120th club anniversary.

The Towners will host Learmonth – the team they beat in the grand final 20 years ago to clinch a maiden Central Highlands Football League flag – in a round 10 showdown next Saturday.

The 1994 playing coach, Shawne Dummett, and then-president Gary Bridges have been part of the organising committee for the function, which will include a gathering of premiership players during the senior match and a grand reunion ball at St Patrick’s College later that evening.

Dummett’s first stint at the helm was part of a golden era for the club, which played in three grand finals under his leadership.

But the highlight was undoubtedly that 1994 season, which Dunnstown went through undefeated before beating Learmonth by 35 points in the decider.

“We just had a really good core group of players that really enjoyed each other’s company and we always had really good numbers at training,” Dummett recalled.

“We never had any standout players. We were all just even right across the board. I think that’s the most important thing when you have a good side. 

“You’ve got to be competitive and strong right across the board. You can’t have two or three good players and then fall away.”

Bridges said many of the playing group from that 1994 premiership were still involved in the club in some capacity.

“It’s a very close-knit group,” Bridges said.

Bridges said members from Learmonth would also be invited to be part of the day, which will kick-off from 2pm.

Entry to the ball is $30, with bookings essential, through Bridges on 0421 972 715 or Brendon Spratling on 0427 385 770.

tim.oconnor@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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