Wudinna brings up a ton

CENTENARY CELEBRATION: Jarad Tomney and Remi North try out the centenary guernsey to be worn by Wudinna United's A grade team this Saturday to commemorate the special occasion. Picture: Greg Scholz
CENTENARY CELEBRATION: Jarad Tomney and Remi North try out the centenary guernsey to be worn by Wudinna United's A grade team this Saturday to commemorate the special occasion. Picture: Greg Scholz

Wudinna United will celebrate a centenary of football in the region with past and present players, and club members this weekend.

The club will host a series of events from Friday night to Sunday to mark the occasion, including the Mid West league match against Western Districts which will see the Magpies wear a special guernsey representing the three clubs to have amalgamated over the years to form Wudinna United.

Club life member and member of the coordinating committee Rick DuBois said preparations were finalised for what would be a special weekend.

“Not a lot of clubs can celebrate 100 years,” he said.

“We’ve had amalgamations along the way, but it is great to see the club survive.

“Football and netball clubs are the fabric of our local communities.”

Wudinna United can trace their heritage over the past 100 years back through two different sources.

Yaninee was formed in 1918 and Pygery started in 1923, with the two clubs merging in 1950 to become known as United.

Wudinna was also founded in 1918, while Wudinna and United came together in 1989 to become the modern day Wudinna United.

Former players and club members will be present on Friday night from 6pm at the Wudinna Community Club for what Mr DuBois said would be a “‘Front Bar’ style panel evening, with four generations of players and club members set to tell stories of their heyday”.

Wudinna’s A grade side will be wearing the centenary guernsey on Saturday as they host Western Districts at Wudinna Oval at 2.30pm, with the colts opening the day at 11am and the B grade at 12.30pm.

The match presentations will follow at 6.30pm and a meal is also available.

There will be an auction for the centenary guernsey and live entertainment through the evening.

“We have four players from the club who have played or are in the AFL – David Hynes, Daniel Foster, Cain Ackland and the recently-drafted Harrison Petty – and we will see David and Daniel here on the evening,” Mr DuBois said.

That will be followed by a Sunday brunch at the Wudinna Community Club from 10.30am.

A former player and club president, Mr DuBois said they were hoping for a big turnout to celebrate this momentous occasion.

“It is a chance to catch-up with players and club identities, quite a number who are coming to the event from across the state,” he said.

“It’s a chance to swap stories and reminisce and I encourage everybody to come along and enjoy the weekend.”

Mr DuBois said people did not need to purchase a ticket to attend the events.