For the first time since 2004 the Collingwood Football Club and the mighty Magpie Army gathered together at Victoria Park for the Club's official 2012 Family Day.
Magpie fans, young and old, enjoyed a great day of activities, food and most importantly meeting the players that will represent our suburb in the 2012 AFL season.
The Collingwood Archives Committee and the Victoria Park Heritage Committee had displays on level two of the S A Coventry Pavilion (*Also known as the Bob Rose Stand or Social Club). The famous 1927-1930 4-in-row cups and flags were on display, but it was the 2010 Premiership Cup that was most popular amongst the Magpie faithful.
The kids had a great time with a jumping castle, Bega 'Go Pies' balloons, footy clinics taken by former AFL stars and current assistant coaches, Anthony Rocca, Ben Hart, Robert Harvey, Rodney Eade and Simon Prestigiacomo.
The day came to a rousing climax with 1990 premiership legend Michael Christian introducing Nathan Buckley as the senior coach of the Collingwood Football Club for the first time. Then the players were brought on stage one by one to raptuous applause and finally the festivities finshed with the singing of the 'national anthem'. By all accounts it was a great day and even though the forecast was predicting bad weather and the trains were out due to maintenance, a large crowd still made its way to Victoria Park. In the end no rain came and the sun even made a appearance. A good omen for the 2012 season? We shall see...
Assistant coach and fan favourite, Magpie champion Anthony Rocca.
Anthony played in the last AFL game at Victoria Park in 1999.
VFL coach Tarkyn Lockyer. Also a member of the team that played in
the last AFL game at Victoria Park in 1999
The Magpie faithful gather in their thousands to see their heros
at the home of the Mighty Magpies, Victoria Park.
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