Walcha Rams 1997 victory reunion in lead up to this year's grand final

Walcha Rugby Club president Andrew Crawford stands in front of the newly installed ram sculpture with Henry King, Simon Newton, artist Ben Tooth and Will Fletcher.

Walcha Rugby Club president Andrew Crawford stands in front of the newly installed ram sculpture with Henry King, Simon Newton, artist Ben Tooth and Will Fletcher.

In the lead-up to this year’s Rugby First Grade Premiership battle the Walcha Rams have been taking a stroll down memory lane for inspiration and it seems to be working judging by their 58-15 victory over Moree on Saturday. 

Last weekend they hosted a reunion for the players in the team of 1997 – the last time the Rams won the First Grade premiership.

“There was a reunion in 2007 to mark ten years,” said Walcha Rugby Club president Andrew Crawford. “This second reunion coincided with Walcha's first grade bid to win this years premiership which will be exactly 20 years since we won.”

Mr Crawford said 17 guys who were involved back in 1997 took part in the festivities on the weekend and all are positive about the team’s chances this year.

“The 1997 team have already booked a hotel in Tamworth and in Walcha on the premise that this year’s Rams will hopefully make the grand final and all 97 club players have been notified so as to get as many supporters at the game as possible,” he said. 

Mr Crawford and his wife Virginia commissioned a sculpture from the young artist Ben Tooth, a good friend of their son Angus, to mark the occasion.

The giant ram was installed outside the Walcha Ram’s clubhouse last week.

The Walcha Rams fathers and sons

The Walcha Rams fathers and sons

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