BATHURST Bushrangers will be using their Central West AFL home game double header this Saturday to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their competition clean sweep.
Bushrangers won the 2009 first grade, reserves, under 17s and under 14s titles in one of the most memorable days in the club's history.
It was just the second time Bushrangers had achieved the feat following their great 2004 season.
Bushrangers reached out to players and families from the premiership-winning sides to make the trip to this Saturday's matches at George Park 2, with a strong turnout expected.
Brian Matheson will be one of those watching on while he reflects on his reserve grade team's stunning last-minute victory over the Young Saints.
A Mark Kennedy goal in the shadows of full-time gave the Bushrangers a 10-5-65 to 8-15-63 win.
"It was a great day and it was special to watch the first grade boys go on and win it after the 14s and 17s," winning coach Matheson said.
"One of the biggest problems in those days was having an unlimited bench for reserve grade. We had 32 players we were trying to rotate everyone around. I had one guy just to run the bench so I could focus on the game," he laughed.
"You make some really good mates over the season through the blood, sweat and tears on the field and it's great to have this reunion so we can catch up with guys we might not have seen for 10 years."
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The first grade side went on to record a 17-12-144 to 10-7-67 win over the Cowra Blues in the 2009 decider, led by three goal hauls from Tim Roebuck, Matt Pakulshi and Steve Withers.
Bushrangers' Tony Lewis said the win added to the club's wonderful history.
"We've played in every grand final since 2004, when the club merger happened," he said.
"Steve Withers led this side to victory after losing the year before, which was a special occasion for us on our home ground.
"Winning every grade on the one grand final day has only ever been done twice and we've done it both times."
The likes of Ben Phillips, Harry Bowden, Sam Kennedy and Pat Fisher are among those from the winning under 14s team lining up for senior Bushrangers sides.
"It will be great seeing a lot of those kids who were in the under 14s playing this weekend. One of them is our first grade captain in Harry Bowden," Lewis said.
"This weekend will be great for the people who have stuck around and it's also great for the people coming back to help us celebrate.
"The Mark Kennedy goal in reserve grade is something that will get bigger and better as the night goes on and the Paul Jenkins faking on the mark and kicking from 70 instead of 30 will get a mention as well. That's what reunions are about."
This Saturday's action starts with a bang with the Rebels playing the Bathurst Giants at 12pm and the Outlaws facing Parkes Panthers at 2.30pm.
Rebels will be hoping to stay in touch with leaders Orange Tigers while taking one step closer towards a major semi-final.
Outlaws have reached must-win mode as they try and find their way back inside the top four.
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