Proprietary and Risdon grand final teams to relive glory

The kicks will be longer, the marks higher and the goals even more incredible as our footy heroes from yesteryear gather at Memorial Oval.

On a star-studded Saturday, August 24, the former members of the 1977 Proprietary premiership team and the 1979 Risdon flag-winning outfit will assemble to relive their glory.

It is 40 years or more since each of these mighty feats in the Spencer Gulf League and, fittingly, a crowd of up to 300 is expected to celebrate the milestones.

The Panthers' flag win was the last before Proprietary merged with Risdon in 1993 to form the Lions.

Captain-coach John White led the 25-point win against Central Augusta at Port Augusta with a man-of-the-match performance, kicking four goals.

Risdon's amazing one-point grand final win was the first and only premiership to be achieved by the Tigers.

The team featured probably the best ruck combination in the history of the league - ruckman Joe Clark and rover Cameron Coligan.

Both live in the Northern Territory and are expected to attend along with Graham Jackson who was the Tigers' best in the premiership win that was also played against Central Augusta at Port Augusta.

To cap the milestone, Lions will play Central Augusta at Memorial Oval on the day of the celebrations.

The local team will wear a Proprietary guernsey in the first half then a Risdon top in the second half.

Both guernseys have been specially made to feature the names of the team members on the front. Former players will have the option to buy the guernseys.

The remainder will be auctioned on the night at the Lions Football Club.

Commemorative port and echo-holders will be available.

A marquee will be set up at the oval for the revellers and meals will be offered at the clubrooms that night.

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