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WHITE Hills' familiar red and black will be replaced by navy blue and white when the Demons celebrate their history against Heathcote on Saturday.
The Demons will don a heritage strip for the Heathcote District league match - a royal blue jumper with a white sash from the days when the club was initially known as the Navies and sung a club song to the tune of Carlton's theme.
Originally thought to have been founded in 1912, the club has discovered via an excerpt in the Bendigo Advertiser that it was established in 1889 following a meeting at the Botanical Hotel to form the White Hills Juniors.
"We discovered this information last year as the season started and as much as we recognised it, we didn't have time to really celebrate it," committee member and club historian Jack Reilly said on Saturday.
"This week our senior side will play in our original playing strip, which looks fantastic and I'm sure will create plenty of conversation among our past players."
The Demons will hold a past players day at their home clash against the Saints, which will also double as a celebration of previous premierships.
The club will hold a reunion of its dual 1969 success in the Golden City league when it won both the senior and reserves premierships, as well as the 1999 under-17 football flag and 2009 A reserve netball triumph.
In what's a major boost for the Demons they have Jed Lamb as an inclusion to take on the Saints.
It will be the first time this year the Demons have had their ex-AFL duo of Lamb and coach Sam Kerridge in the same side.
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* Saturday's games - Leitchville-Gunbower v Colbinabbin, North Bendigo v Elmore, White Hills v Heathcote, Mount Pleasant v LBU.
Meanwhile, it's round six in the North Central league on Saturday.
Boort v Birchip-Watchem
Last time - Birchip-Watchem 16.9 (105) d Boort 12.6 (78)
Donald v Charlton
Last time - Donald 6.12 (48) d Charlton 5.12 (42)
Wedderburn v St Arnaud
Last time - Wedderburn 17.21 (123) d St Arnaud 3.14 (32)
Sea Lake Nandaly v Wycheproof-Narraport
Last time - Wycheproof-Narraport 11.7 (73) d Sea Lake Nandaly 6.11 (47)
1. Sea Lake Nandaly - 5-0
2. Birchip-Watchem - 4-1
3. Wedderburn - 3-2
4. Charlton - 3-2
5. Donald - 3-2
6. St Arnaud - 2-3
7. Wycheproof-Narraport - 0-5
8. Boort - 0-5
And, the Bendigo Thunder will start its North Football League Women's season-proper on Sunday when the team hosts Diamond Creek at Weeroona Oval from 1.30pm.
Thunder was placed into the league's top division despite being heavily outscored in three of its four grading games.
Luis Alvarez-Harris will continue as the team's coach, which has had major player turnover.
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