Lincoln South and Tasman to celebrate 75 years of football in Port Lincoln

GOOD LUCK: Tasman committee member Justin 'Rusty' Lowe and Lincoln South president Scott Jarvis wish each other's clubs the best of luck as they celebrate their 75th anniversaries. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
GOOD LUCK: Tasman committee member Justin 'Rusty' Lowe and Lincoln South president Scott Jarvis wish each other's clubs the best of luck as they celebrate their 75th anniversaries. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Two Port Lincoln Football League clubs are looking forward to their 75th anniversaries this year, with one event to take place when the two clubs face off against each other next month.

Tasman and Lincoln South football clubs made their debuts in 1946, after World War Two having formed after a split involving former club Kirtonians.

The two teams would face off in that year's grand final with Souths defeating Tasman by 23 points, but Tasman would bounce back the following year to win the 1947 premiership, defeating Wayback.

The clubs would go on to win 27 premierships between them, with Tasman having the most recent success having claimed a pair of hattricks by winning the 2012-13-14 and 2018-19-20 premierships.

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Lincoln South president Scott Jarvis said the environment of country football was ever changing, especially on the Eyre Peninsula, and competing with other sports had made it more challenging to field full teams across all grades.

He said with this in mind the 75th anniversary was a great milestone.

"It's a great achievement for us to get through for that long," he said.

Tasman will hold their anniversary event first, when they clash with Lincoln South at Ravendale on May 15.

Festivities will include a meet and greet at Ravendale on May 14, followed by game day and a dinner the following day which will see the announcement of the last 25 years and auctioning of the historic guernseys.

Lincoln South have events planned including a dinner in October, a day at the races, a golf day and some smaller events.

Tasman committee member Justin 'Rusty' Lowe said the club was looking forward to the anniversary day and to share it with a club it has a connection to.

"They will be doing their best to upset it for us," he said.

Mr Jarvis and Mr Lowe wished each other's clubs luck and shared the sentiment that despite being rivals on the field, a sense of cooperation would be needed in the future to ensure the long term strength of the league.

"All have to work together to ensure the football league is still strong," Mr Jarvis said.

"We want all clubs to be successful."

PREMIERSHIPS

Tasman: 1947, 1949-50, 1961-62, 1965, 1967, 1977, 1992, 2012-13-14, 2018-19-20 (15)

Lincoln South: 1946, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1964, 1969-70, 1972, 1981, 1983, 1991, 2002 (12)

Mail Medallists

Tasman: V. Serotzki (1949), C. Sampson (1951), D. Hage (1954, 56), T. Sorrell (1963), B. Davey (1970), P. Burgoyne (1974, 76), C. Matena (1988), R. Clements (1989, 90), M. Miller (1990, 92), M. Jones (1996), D. Stoeckel (1999), R. Francis (2012-13) (17)

Lincoln South: T. King (1948), B. King (1952, 58), J. Lewis (1953), M. Barry (1967), N. O'Brien (1971-72), W. Oosterholdt (1973), H. Miller (1979), K. Rowe (1980), A. Karatzovalis (1981), S. Evans (1997), P. White (2010), C. Minns (2016) (14)

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