WEST Lions throw the doors open to all their supporters and ex-players tonight at Blazes in Wests to help celebrate their hugely successful Group 4 season.
The Lions won an unprecedented fifth successive Group 4 first grade premiership back on September 8 with a 33-24 success over arch rivals North Tamworth.
Tonight they celebrate that win from 6.30pm, outgoing coach Tony La Chiusa said.
“Everyone is welcome,” he said.
“Any player who played in any one of the five grand final wins is more than welcome.
“Any former player and supporter is welcome to come and celebrate this milestone with us.
“It’s something that might not be done again, a piece of history we can all be proud of.”
While La Chiusa became the first coach to coach five successive Group 4 grand final-winning teams, he finished his reign as the Lion “king” with seven first grade premierships and two second grade titles.
Only gifted young back Matty Nean managed to play in all five grand final wins from 2009 to 2013, La Chiusa said.
“We had a few others play four – Brendo (Brendan Hunt), Vids (Chris Vidler) and Ad Miller and a fair few like Dean Hoy play three but Matty was the only one to play in all five.
“And a lot of them are all vying for our best and fairest. Matty, Sean Nean, Vids, Scotty Rolls, Chris Hunt. They’re all up there.
“And we also have another big one, rookie of the year.
“We’ve got some great young kids like Mitch Doring, Latrell Hamton, Colby La Chiusa and Lochie Collins.”
It’s also going to be something of a nostalgic night with the likes of La Chiusa, Brendan Hunt, Vidler and club stalwart Miller all retiring.
“Ad’s been a great supporter of the club for many years as a player,” La Chiusa said.
“He’s a West junior, played all his junior league for Wests and then came out and played the last 10 or 12 years in the seniors.
“He’s played more games than just about anyone else.”