Heathcote Saints to celebrate 50 years since club formed in 1967

HEATHCOTE Football-Netball Club is expecting about 250 people to celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend.

The Saints were formed in early 1967 following the disbanding of what had been the Heathcote North and Heathcote South clubs.

The 50th anniversary celebrations will coincide with the Saints’ Heathcote District league home game against Huntly, with the cornerstone of the festivities a function on Saturday night in a marquee at Barrack Reserve.

“We’ll have past coaches and presidents who will get up and speak about their memories of the club, so we’re really looking forward to that,” Heathcote president Andrew Conforti said on Friday.

“We’re hoping to get around 250 people, so it should be a fantastic weekend for the club.”

The weekend will feature plenty of memorabilia commemorating not only the 50 years of the Saints, but also Heathcote North and Heathcote South that can be traced back as far as 1913 with a runners-up trophy donated by D. Wood and presented to captain W. Story.

Trophies and premiership pennants won by the club, netball uniforms from 1967, club blazers, ball gowns and historic Yabbas and football programs will also form part of the memorabilia display.

Since formed in 1967, Heathcote has won seven senior football flags – 1970, 1972, 1982, 1989, 1992, 2009 and 2010 (undefeated).

• Saturday’s round 18 matches – Elmore v North Bendigo, Leitchville-Gunbower v LBU, Heathcote v Huntly, Mount Pleasant v White Hills. Colbinabbin bye.