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HOW many times would it have happened in history
that two players from the one country football club have
captained AFL teams at the same time?
We’re saying it’s never happened.
Not until now that is because last week, Essendon
named Leongatha’s Dyson Heppell to captain the Bomb-
ers in 2017.
The news follows the recent announcement that Jarryd
Roughead, miraculously recovered from cancer, is lead-
ing the Hawks in 2017.
And guess what?
The two former Parrots will line-up opposite each
other, to shake hands and toss the coin in the centre of
the MCG at the start of the 2017 season when Essendon
meets Hawthorn in Round 1, on Saturday, March 25 at
It should be a surreal moment for the two Leongatha
boys, their families and the army of local supporters who
are certain to troop down there to witness what is almost
certainly a history making event.
President of the Leongatha Football Netball Club Mal
Mackie is delighted, ecstatic.
“It’s great. A real honour for them and also for us as a
football-netball club,” said Mal last week.
“It’s sensational. The two guys went right through our
junior programs and they’re always ready to help where
“I think it’s quite amazing really.”
Here’s what Essendon had to say last Wednesday when
the appointment was made:
“Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce Dyson
Heppell will captain the Bombers for season 2017.
“Dyson was handed the honour of leading the team by
long standing and highly respected captain, Jobe Wat-
son, at this morning’s team meeting.
“The 24 year-old headlines a new seven man Leader-
ship Group, which will be charged with upholding and
driving the team’s values throughout the upcoming cam-
“Dyson will be supported by fellow Crichton Medallists
Cale Hooker and Zach Merrett, who have been named as
“The group features a great balance of experience and
youth with Jobe Watson, Brendon Goddard, Michael
Hurley and Joe Daniher also selected to represent the
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Heppell and Roughead will meet as opposing cap-
tains when Essendon takes on Hawthorn in a Round 1
blockbuster at the MCG on Saturday, March 25.
ORGANISERS of the annual San
Remo Channel Challenge will have a lot
to think about when they sit down to
consider staging the event next year.
For while the 32nd running of the
event last Saturday was held in perfect
conditions, 24 degrees and a light sou
westerly wind wafting across The Nar-
rows, there were some red tape chal-
lenges beforehand, and some glitches
with the new timing system.
It has been reported that Parks Vic-
toria put the kybosh on a good money-
spinner for the Woolamai SLSC, the
annual hole-in-one event; that the fore-
shore committee wanted more money
from the club to host the event and
the Bass Coast Shire Council set down
some stricter rules this year on the
staging of the event.
All these things served to test the
preparations and limit the much-need-
ed income to the volunteer organisation.
And on the day, there was a mix-up
with the presentation of awards after
a malfunction with the new timing sys-
Continued page 63
The local winners of the 32nd San Remo Channel Challenge are congratulated by, third left, the Bass Coast Mayor Cr Pam
Rothfield and right, Island Councillor Steve Fullarton. They are, from left, Georgia Kaye-Helmot who finished 39th overall in
a time of 0:15:34.9 to be the first local female over the line, Georgia Turner 40th in a time of 0:15:42.3 (2nd local female), Cr
Rothfield, Surf Lifesaver of the Year Luke Plant 4th overall and the first local male in a time of 0:12:47.9, and Mark Rowe 8th
overall (2nd local male) in 0:13:26.3 with Cr Fullarton. m200717
Red tape and glitches test
32nd Channel Challenge
The second wave of swimmers takes off in the swim leg of the 32nd San Remo Chan-
nel Challenge in superb conditions last Saturday.
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