Things had been lean for the Balldale Magpies since its last premiership in 1962 – the club were up for one more fling at a Hume FL flag and with the signing of former Richmond star Dick Grimmond as coach he had his trusty side kick Les Waldron as assistant and a few very handy recruits – they completed an unbeaten premiership season in 1972 but it took a mighty final quarter effort to do so – enjoy Balldale 1972 – "The Final Quarter"
Albury commenced its 1982 pre season with one thing and one thing only on its agenda – redemption for a gut wrenching loss in the 1981 decider against Wodonga – they trained incredibly hard, they recruited class and pace and they found a steely resolve that nothing was going to deny them to break a sixteen year premiership drought – this is Tiger Tales Episode One – “Tiger Jackpot”
Albury Thunder had played two decades in Group Nine without a senior premiership, they had gone close in recent years but could not take the next step, they recruited some top end talent, they got fitter and they changed a culture to become a force in one of country rugby leagues toughest competitions – enjoy "Roaring Thunder 2012".
The off field carnage was over the new committee had commenced the recovery mission – on field North Albury had drawn a line in the sand and were fighting hard despite all the dramas at 7 wins 5 losses after twelve rounds clinging to a spot in the top five – enjoy the finish of “North Albury 1984 – Rags to Riches” Episode B
Financially insolvent North Albury Football club faced extinction from the 1984 season after just seven rounds – players had not been paid for over two years – it came to a head on June 6th 1984, it was D Day, it was the night the club found a lifeline, it found leadership, it found hope and it rebounded – enjoy “North Albury 1984 Rags to Riches“ Episode A
50 years of Australian Rules football in Tumbarumba is a story of resilience in the face of adversity in what was a Rugby League stronghold – they know how to fight, they don’t give up and they love their community – it’s a great story of emotion, humour and downright determination to survive and prosper its Tumba Bloody Rumba Fifty Not Out
It was the centenary year for the Wodonga Football Club and they had recruited a South Melbourne legend David McLeish as coach, they had home grown talent to burn and started the season with twelve straight wins – a second semi final mauling by old foe Albury stunned the Bulldogs – the response was staggering as Wodonga made Ovens and Murray FL history – enjoy Wodonga 1981 – “The Turnaround”
They were one of the oldest football clubs in Australia, but Yackandandah hadn’t converted longevity into premierships with 1964 its last success. They had been beaten in four prelim finals in the nineties. Things were about to change as the party boys got fair dinkum. They got fit and they got the prize – enjoy “Yackandandah 2000 – Yackety Yack, What A Comeback”
A decade had passed since Hay’s first and only premiership, they had been close several times for that elusive second flag – they appointed a 21 year old as coach who pulled a town and playing group together to become a powerful force that re wrote the history books in Hay’s proud sporting history --- they played hard on the field and just as hard off enjoy Hay 1992 The Triple Treat --
Things were looking bright for Belvoir ahead of the 2015/16 season – a new coach, new recruits and a strong hunger for success as they were searching for its first ever CAW Provincial A grade premiership – they got there in the end, but it was one hell of a ride in a season that had the lot – enjoy “Belvoir 2015/16 Captains Call” ---