Naracoorte soccer immortals reunite

Thirty years on and a lot of these Naracoorte United premiership stars are still well known around the town (from left): back row - Ian "Jockey" Hyslop, Rob Thomson, Robbie Warren, Michael McGuire (C), Robert Selig, Paul Hellyer, Pat Riley, Robbie Pratter; front - Michael Pacillo, Tony Offord, Andy Grocke, Garry O'Connor, Herman Bersee, Karl Roscow and Ricky Haggett.

Thirty years on and a lot of these Naracoorte United premiership stars are still well known around the town (from left): back row - Ian "Jockey" Hyslop, Rob Thomson, Robbie Warren, Michael McGuire (C), Robert Selig, Paul Hellyer, Pat Riley, Robbie Pratter; front - Michael Pacillo, Tony Offord, Andy Grocke, Garry O'Connor, Herman Bersee, Karl Roscow and Ricky Haggett.

NARACOORTE United held a 30-year reunion on Saturday to recognise the 1984 A grade winning team.

The club has never held a reunion recognising these players so it was great to see so many of them and the life members back at the club.

The night consisted of a meal; a few telltales, interviews and plenty of laughter reliving the memories of old. The team consisted of a few footballers, a couple of people who had moved to the town and the regulars who had been involved in the club for a number of years.

United got to the final by finishing second on the ladder that year and was fortunate enough to play a home semi-final against Croatia.

United went on to win the game one nil courtesy of a brilliant free kick by that year's president Herman Bersee.

So this meant they went on to play International in the grand final. Inter had beaten United 7-1 earlier on in the year but this didn't deter the boys. With a great solo run Robbie Warren put the ball in the back of the net early into the game and the United boys held on to a one-nil win much to the jubilation of the crowd.

The boys celebrated in style, even holding their own street parade in the main street holding aloft the cup in the back of a small truck.

This was Naracoorte's first A grade premiership since the club was formed in 1968.

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