Former Australian rugby league representatives (back from left) Greg Platz and Rohan Hancock (front from left) John McDonald and John Gleeson at this year's Allora Sports Museum 20th anniversary celebrations.
Former Australian rugby league representatives (back from left) Greg Platz and Rohan Hancock (front from left) John McDonald and John Gleeson at this year's Allora Sports Museum 20th anniversary celebrations. CONTRIBUTED

Allora's sport history back on show in 2019

IT'S a speck on the map that has long punched above its athletic weight and helped define country-town spirit and in 2019 Allora's sporting achievers will again be in the spotlight.

Allora next year will mark it's 150th year as a municipality and part of the celebrations will focus on the region's proud sporting history.

Playing its part in the sesquicentennial anniversary will be Allora Regional Sports Museum which this year clocked up 20 years as a tourist attraction and focal point in the town of about 1300 residents.

Museum president Perry Cronin, who retained his position at this week's annual general meeting, said this year's 20th anniversary will be hard to top but the museum will proudly play its part in Allora's 2019 commemorations.

"A large committee has been formed to oversee the 150 years as a municipality and they would like the museum to be involved in the landmark,” Cronin said.

"I'm not sure if we can quite go back 150 years in search of Allora's sporting achievers but we are proud of what we will have to offer.”

This year's 20th anniversary museum reunion attracted an extraordinary array of Allora and region sporting icons and personalities.

Australian rugby league representative Steph Hanock with her father and former Kangaroo Rohan Hancock at this year's Allora Sports Museum 20th anniversary celebrations.
Australian rugby league representative Steph Hanock with her father and former Kangaroo Rohan Hancock at this year's Allora Sports Museum 20th anniversary celebrations. CONTRIBUTED

The guest list included Australian Diamond Laura Geitz, Olympian Matt Denny along with former Australian rugby league captain, and daughter of Allora Hall of Famer Rohan Hancock, Stephanie Hancock.

The dinner was attended by four former Kangaroos with John McDonald and John Gleeson joining Hancock and his fellow Allora Hall of Famer Greg Platz on the night.

"It was a great honour to have the array of people we had attend on the night,” Cronin said.

"To have four Kangaroos together in Allora was a great moment for the town and for everyone who came along.

"We also had two Australian captains there in Laura Geitz and Steph Hancock and a lot of state players as well.”



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