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Post by Lee Harradine on Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:47 pm

An update. As most know, I'm well into writing my book about the Club, from very early days, but focussing more on the last 30 years or so. Stories before that are very welcome, though.

I'm catching up with many people, had a lovely lunch with Chris Gasmier today (thanks Chris). The book will take some time, but I thought I'd give an occasional progress report.

So far, about 12,000 words and I'm writing up each season from 1987, up to the present. There will be players' biographies and stories about volunteers and club characters, club personalities and politics, players and coaches.

Any suggestions for a working title are welcome, as are any stories at all that readers might find interesting.

I'll be going to Byron Bay in October for the AFL 9's, and catching up with several old players - Symes, Mellor, Andriske, Barrett, Howard, Banik and many others. Should be a few stories there.

Hopefully it will be a good addition to the club's resources.
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Post by Oldfella on Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:11 pm

BAMBOO CURTAIN LOL

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Post by Lee Harradine on Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:07 am

Having lovely catch-ups with some good Bloods' supporters, lots of great stories and very enjoyable.
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Post by Lee Harradine on Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:47 am

Over 20,000 words now. Neil Kerley is catching up for a chat soon.

Writing up seasons in the early 90's now.
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Post by Mypaspective on Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:53 am

You should speak to Kevin Morris re the late 80’s early 90’s Lee. He will give great insight as to what transpired in that period.
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Post by Lee Harradine on Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:17 pm

Thanks MP, quite so. I spoke to Kevin last year and will follow him up.
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Post by Lee Harradine on Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:43 am

I'm spending several hours each day writing through the seasons and reliving some great memories.

When you look back, there are some obvious themes about us as a club.

I'm interested in any views about our lack of consistent success, so feel free to post.

Also, any stories from supporters about their experiences watching the Bloods over the years would be welcome, even if by PM.

And why you love the Bloods?
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Post by aldo russian on Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:44 pm

You may already be doing this Lee but it might be interesting to talk to players who played under each of our coaches, to see what differences come up and what common experiences come up. 
I think Dexter Kennedy would be an interesting chat. He played 13 seasons with us, was our best player and only State rep for many seasons, played in four wooden spoon years, and played only 5 finals matches. He played under Murray Weideman, who described him as the best palmer of the ball he'd seen, Bob Loveday, Bob Keddie, Fos Williams, Trevor Hughes and Kerley. 6 coaches in 13 years. We stopped him going to play for South Melbourne in the VFL and then he moves to Port the year we win a flag. I feel sorry for him and think it would be fascinating to hear his views on his career and the club.
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Post by Lee Harradine on Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:26 pm

Excellent suggestion, also and I'll follow it up with Dexter.

I'm finding more and more to cover as I go along, which pushes out the time it will be finished, but that's OK.

Hoping it will appeal to the 'rusted-on" loyal supporter & footy fans generally.
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Post by Oldfella on Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:01 pm

One that has always interested me but each time I speak to the person i forget to ask him, specifically.

Clayton Lamb -- club announces he is going to be Captain and a week (or 2) later he puts in to go to Glenelg --- very strange (can guess) and a very good footballer who is a Westies man to this day

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Post by Lee Harradine on Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:08 pm

I'll try to find out, oldfella.
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