This is a guest post by Wyvern Tom McMillan (1997-1998).
The 1998 Queen’s College 1sts footy team premiership players converged on the Eagle Ridge Golf Club on the peninsula to celebrate their 20-year reunion on Saturday, Oct 27th 2018.
Those in attendance were Sam Beaton (coach), Paul Sheehan (captain), Archie Paton (b&f), Matt Amor, Chris Thwaites, Danny Walsh, Steve Coster, David Harris (team physio), Gerard Diprose, Dylan Smith, Ross Brookshaw, Luke Morrison, Ian Munro & Tom McMillan plus a special evening cameo from Damien Guengerich (team runner).
Many laughs and drinks were shared as we regaled and reminisced about 1998, a year in which Queen’s reigned undefeated and knocked off Newman in the final held on the Uni Main oval in front of a pulsating crowd. It was reportedly the first premiership in many years for Queen’s 1sts; in fact the year before, Queen’s only chalked up their first home and away win in almost a decade! Coming off a very dry spell, the celebrations were raucous and the champions were treated like royalty for weeks to follow.
This triggered an era of dominance for Queens who went on to many more footy final appearances and premiership wins in subsequent seasons, ably assisted and coached by passionate Wyverns. Well done boys and hats off to Munners – winner of the 2018 Jacket. See you all again in 2028! “Queens for sure the greatest college…” Tom McMillan