CHAMPIONS: Irymple has had unbelievable success across multiple sports this season. Pictured are Irymple senior footballer Nick Mee, Irymple Knights S-League captain Chris Romeo, and Irymple A Grade netball star Sherrie Geister. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
THE township of Irymple continue to bask in the glory of their sporting teams successes.
Almost two months ago, Irymple completed the senior Sunraysia Football and Netball League (SFNL) double, with the senior football side and A Grade netball team claiming respective titles.
Meanwhile the juggernaut that is the Irymple Knights Football Federation Sunraysia (FFS) side continued to roll on, winning their fourth S-League title in five years, as well as their fifth consecutive grand final trophy.
The only way the bragging rights could be stronger is if Irymple break their Sunraysia Cricket Association (SCA) First Division premiership drought, and if the Irymple Suns claim their first Bowls Sunraysia Division One Pennant title!
The A Grade netball side last won a premiership in 2003. This year’s coach Rachelle Hollingworth, attacker Sherrie Geister, and defender Erica Credlin played in the premiership 14 years ago and their special bond only grew stronger.
Sherrie, the 2015 Horkings Medal A Grade best and fairest, admitted she was unsure if she would win another premiership medallion after a torn ACL robbed her of her 2016 season. Not only did she come back, the star attacker was best on court in the grand final win over South Mildura.
“It was fantastic to be able to win, but I think it was a bit more special for us (2003 winners) because we weren’t sure if we would win another one,” she said.
“I’m definitely going around again. What grade that is will be up to the coaches but I’ll definitely be playing again.”
Nick Mee, who won the John Groves Medal for best on ground in the senior football victory over Ouyen United, said the club celebrations were huge. It was the footballers’ first flag since 2011.
“We celebrated for a good week or so,” Nick said. “It was awesome to have the girls win as well and to celebrate it all as a club.
“We think we can be right up there again for the next few years. We have a really good group of young guys who are all sticking around to play together.”
While Irymple Knights don green and white uniforms, unlike the blue and gold of their SFNL cousins, they have still helped fly the flag for their home town.
Chris Romeo, Irymple Knights S-League captain and striker, admitted the trophy cabinet was getting a little full at their home base.
“I think it is built around the friendship and camaraderie we have with each other,” he said. “We all regularly catch up for coffee, or go fishing, or anything really. We have some really good players but having that really strong bond as mates plays a big role.”
Chris and Nick are good mates and regularly follow each other’s progress.
“As a team we went and watched the boys and girls on grand final day,” Chris said. “A few of my mates play soccer as well so we keep up with the results,” Nick said.
Something is definitely in the water at Irymple, and perhaps other local teams may have to take a sample of their own.