Killarney Vale Bombers Celebrate 40 Year Flag

Written by Ian Granland


The Killarney Vale Aussie Rules Club will celebrate their second senior premiership of 1982, on Saturday, 23 July at a home game versus Terrigal Avoca at their Tumbi Umbi Ground.

The club was only formed 4 years before that date winning their first senior premiership in 1981, then followed this up with the 1982 triumph.

1982 was really a landmark for the club.  They had all their teams in their respective grand finals, winning the first, Under 15 and Under 13 flags whilst the Reserve and Under 17 grades were runners-up.

Tony McVeigh, father of the current GWS coach, Mark McVeigh, was the club’s captain-coach in 1982-83 and enjoyed a very successful period as the club’s on-field leader.

He came to the Bombers from VFA club, Williamstown and brought a wealth of experience with his appointment.  Along side him was former state player, who, the year before, had represented Queensland, Rex Imrie.  Both of these identities will be at the celebratory function along with a number of other players from that era.

The club is also inviting players from the other grades whom they have lost touch with in, an effort to ensure the success of the weekend.  The event will also serve as old players day when former players and officials are invited to attend and meet up with old colleagues.

For the 1982 group, a meet and greet function will be held at the club on Friday Evening 22 July commencing at 6:00pm.