Burras gearing up for grand final match

BURRAS: Hepburn Football Netball Club secretary Bill Pedretti will be cheering on the Burras at the Central Highlands Football League senior grand final. Picture: Dylan Burns.
BURRAS: Hepburn Football Netball Club secretary Bill Pedretti will be cheering on the Burras at the Central Highlands Football League senior grand final. Picture: Dylan Burns.

Hepburn Football Netball Club secretary Bill Pedretti has been a Burras fan all his life.

He will be on the sideline at the Central Highlands Football League senior grand final against Beaufort on Saturday, cheering on the red and blue. 

“I’ll be leaving at 7 o’clock with the jumpers and gear in the back of my truck,” he said.

Mr Pedretti’s father played with the team and naturally he too grew up around the club, going on to play 250 games with the seniors before retiring from football at 40. 

Like many other supporters across Hepburn, Mr Pedretti has his Burra pride on show.

Blue and red balloons line the front of the primary school and “Hepburn Burras Rule” banners are strung up on fences around town. 

LAST GAME: The grand final is Burras coach Jason Olver's last game with the team. Picture: Dylan Burns.

LAST GAME: The grand final is Burras coach Jason Olver's last game with the team. Picture: Dylan Burns.

The grand final will be Hepburn coach Jason Olver’s last game with the team. 

But Olver said he hasn’t given bidding farewell to the team much thought.  

“Our goal is to win the premiership. So all I’ve really thought about is getting to that last game and hopefully winning it, so I’ll worry about that (leaving his position as coach) once five o’clock hits tomorrow,” he said.

“It’s for people who have been around the club for so many years – the Bill Pedretti’s and so forth who are the heart and sole of the club, they cherish the club and they live for it. 

“I would love to get another premiership for those sort of blokes and the players who have been doing everything they possibly can to win one for themselves as well.”