Cats to celebrate 1984 premiership

The Cooma Cats made the front page of the Cooma-Monaro Express in 1984 when they won the premiership. The club will be having a 30 year reunion on July 24.

The Cooma Cats made the front page of the Cooma-Monaro Express in 1984 when they won the premiership. The club will be having a 30 year reunion on July 24.

THE Cooma Cats are enjoying an unbeaten run at Snowy Oval this season and will take this form into arguably their most important home game of the season when they commemorate the 1984 premiership winning Cats side.

On Saturday, July 26, the Cats will mark the 30th anniversary year with a special after- match function at the Aussie Hotel. Past players, coaching staff and former committee members will return to Cooma to mark the milestone in the club's history. Club President Stuart Wood says there is a full day of activities planned to pay tribute to the side which claimed the 2B Division MAFL flag on Saturday, September 15, 1984.

"On the day there is a masters game for the over 35 year olds. Cooma will play a combined ACT side to mark the occasion," Mr Wood said.

"Quite a few are coming back from the 1984 team, the 20th anniversary was a great night and hopefully this is better."

The 1984 side overcame a 17 point deficit in the final quarter to run out victors by just one goal. At the helm of the side was coach Maurie Hore, captain Peter Dean and president Des Smith.

A dominant season was capped off in front of a parochial Cooma crowd, many of whom will be returning for the 30th anniversary.

"People are invited back to the Aussie Hotel after the game, the Aussie's Jason Kelly has been a terrific supporter of our club," Mr Wood said.

The current crop of Cats players are well positioned for their own tilt at the premiership. They sit in fourth place, one win ahead of Ainslie. Starting with the anniversary game on the 26th, the Cats can look forward to three home games in a row against sides lower on the ladder.

"It's been a good season so far. We look like making the finals, although we have had a difficult month on the road."

The 1984 premiership reunion is a date to mark in the calendars according to Mr Wood.

"There's lots of excitement with the club getting back together."

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