Magpies nest for flag reunion

The Kalangadoo Football Club will mark 20 years since its 2001 flag with a series of celebrations on May 7 and 8.

Taking care of the arrangements is current player Ben Mules. Two decades ago, he was the 18-year-old Magpies’ skipper and newly-minted Mail Medallist when he hoisted the Wilf Sprengel Shield.

His black-and-whites drew the first grand final with Nangwarry at Mount Burr and then won the replay at this venue a week later by a comfortable margin. Kalangadoo playing coach Peter Collins won the Stan Jones Memorial Medal as best-on-ground.

Mules has vivid memories of those glory days. “In that first grand final Nangwarry booted the first nine goals,” Mules said. “Kalangadoo got back into the game and we were able to tie the scores. “Our first reunion event will be a gathering on the evening of May 7 at the Commercial Hotel in Mount Gambier which is run by premiership player Mark Lane.

“On the following day Kalangadoo will be playing Nangwarry at home.” Mules expects all 20 premiership players will be present including his younger brother Chris. “He was 16 when we won the 2001 premiership and he is the only other player still playing at Kalangadoo.”

It is anticipated that 2001 premiership players from as far away as Perth, Geelong and Cairns will be present.

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