Savoy 'family' comes together for special celebration

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE: Corey Bellifemini, left, Phillip DeGioia, Martine Wright, president Gerard Porta, Janita DeGioia, John Caputo, Dora Gadaleta and Vic Caputo.
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE: Corey Bellifemini, left, Phillip DeGioia, Martine Wright, president Gerard Porta, Janita DeGioia, John Caputo, Dora Gadaleta and Vic Caputo.

The goal was to have a night to remember - and Savoy Soccer Club has hammered a winner.

More than 300 revellers packed the Northern Festival Centre on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the club.

Guests got in the mood for the special night by entering the hall beside some tables of memorabilia including mannikins in soccer shirts from down the ages, scrapbooks and premiership photos.

Video footage of past glory and photos rolled on the screen throughout the night, thanks to tech whiz Darren Giancaspro.

The first Savoy match was played on June 24, 1949 ... and two of the inaugural players, Mario Turci and Nick Capurso, both of Port Pirie, were guests of honour.

A live band from Adelaide provided the entertainment and master-of-ceremonies was club chairman John Caputo, a former coach and player.

RICH HISTORY: The club has a rich history in the city from its inception in 1949. Its Main Road clubrooms has changed dramatically over the years.

RICH HISTORY: The club has a rich history in the city from its inception in 1949. Its Main Road clubrooms has changed dramatically over the years.

He introduced president Gerard Porta whose father lent the club the money to buy its clubrooms in Solomontown before Gerard was born.

"There is history without a doubt. We are definitely a family-oriented club. That shone through with the evening. People said they had real sense of what it is about," he said.

Recent newcomer to the club and player Carlo Librino was the voice of today, describing how he had been welcomed by members.

Mr Caputo said a tribute had been offered on the night to Joseph Amato who passed away about three years ago.

He said guests had attended from Western Australia, Adelaide, Whyalla and the Mid North.

He praised organisers Janita DeGioia and Martine Wright, particularly for the display at the entrance which he described as "a stroll down memory lane".

Revellers were told that a new era had begun with home matches at Pirie's $25 million sport hub.

SUCCESS: Savoy has been a fierce competitor, locally in the early days and now at a state level. The club claimed a premiership last year.

SUCCESS: Savoy has been a fierce competitor, locally in the early days and now at a state level. The club claimed a premiership last year.

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