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Demons to document history

PORTARLINGTON has unveiled plans to publish a book to coincide with the club’s 150th anniversary in 2024.

Formed in 1874, the Demons are one of the oldest clubs in Australia still in operation, starting just 16 years after the game of Australian Rules was codified.

Leading sports historian Roy Hay and fellow Deakin University academic Tony Joel are part of a 10-person sub-committee overseeing the project.

“Both of those guys are providing not only guidance, but Tony is driving some course work for students, allowing the students to have an elective unit in sports history, incorporating Portarlington and the club’s relationship to the local community,” Demons secretary Peter Ashton said

“History is not only about statistics and who were the champion players, and who played the most games and kicked the most goals, and all that.

“It’s all about the relationship the club has had right through its 150 years with the local community, and it’s been quite significant.”

Ashton says Portarlington is keen for former players and officials to share their knowledge and memorabilia.

“They don’t have to give it to us,” he said.

“We’d just like to take a copy of it and give it back to them because there’s a lot of family heirlooms.”

For more details contact Peter Ashton on 0418 525 474 or Rod Smith on 0405 037 506 

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