OLD BOYS CELEBRATE: The 2004 Risdon Cup premiership winners will mark the occasion at a 15-year reunion at the Wheatmen Old Boys' Day tomorrow.
OLD BOYS CELEBRATE: The 2004 Risdon Cup premiership winners will mark the occasion at a 15-year reunion at the Wheatmen Old Boys' Day tomorrow. Contributed

Club culture to shine at Old Boys Day

CELEBRATING past success and cheering on the future of rugby in Dalby is what Saturday will be all about for the Wheatmen as they celebrate old boys' day.

The Wheatmen Old Boys' Day will celebrate premiership wins of the past with at least four team reunions, namely Risdon Cup-winning sides of 30 and 15 years ago, the last B-grade premiership win 20 years ago and a five-year reunion for a C-grade premiership.

Ted Storey, a player for the 1999 premiership- winning B-grade side which he described as "magnificent”, said his proudest Wheatmen moment was this year, watching his son wear the blue and gold with pride.

"To be perfectly honest, the best thing for me being an old boy, even though we were fortunate enough to win a premiership, is to see my son debut this year at 18 for the A-grade Wheatmen,” he said.

"That, by far, trumps me having a grand final win.”

Mr Storey and his family have been involved with the club for more than 20 years, and he has pride for his old-boy status and to see the Wheatmen legacy living on and being passed down through families.

"I've made life-long mates being involved in the club that I played with back then, that I'm still mates with now,” he said.

"This year the club itself has so many family ties in it.

There's two brothers playing in the A-grade side, there's an uncle and nephew playing in the B-grade side, there's a father and two sons playing in the B-grade side, I'm fortunate enough to be a coach of C grade and my son is playing B-grade - it's nearly a family club this year more than any other year,” he said.

Old boys' day is all about celebrating that legacy and having pride in the club, Mr Storey said.

"The main thing is we just want past players coming in and supporting the club and, if they can't get here weekly, they just try their best to get here once a year,” he said.

"Just all the older fellas coming in and supporting a new younger crop gives the young fellas a taste of club culture ... it's really what that generation and the club needs.”

Anyone who has played football for the Wheatmen qualifies as an "old boy” and will gain free entry at the gate simply by wearing their old jersey.

Old boys' day is the last home game of the season and last round for all three teams in the regular season, with a bye next week for A grade.


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