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50 years ago

Football: Two local junior football players are to try their luck in Australian football.

They are Gerry Fitchett, Brechin Vics, and Jimmy Malloy, Matrix leading goal scorer.

Both players have had senior experience.

Gerry, who sails from Southampton on the Castle Maria on the 11th of this month, had a spell with Brechin City before being reinstated to Vics.

Jimmy started with Cowdenbeath and moved to Forfar Athletic before coming back to Matrix.

Jimmy leaves on May 17 to join Melborne A.F.C. The Club provides him with a house and job.

The George Club, Melborne, will be Gerry’s new team. They too provide work and a house.

40 years ago

Angling: Brechin Angling Club has decided to allow junior members to fish on the top stretch of the water at the West Water.

Previously only seniors had been allowed to do so, as the club had always considered the top stretch could be dangerous for young anglers.

The club agreed at a special meeting to allow juniors to use the stretch provided reasonable precautions were taken.

A working party at Loch Saugh, which the club also fishes, has cleared a lot of weeds and also cleaned up banks.

CRICKET: Arvind Panchasara, Brechin Cricket Club’s new Indian professional, starts work at Guthrie Park on April 9.

Panchasara (22) is an all-rounder who has been through all grades of cricket which are the Indian equivalent of county cricket.

In the current season he has scored 1,053 runs in 20 innings and his club has taken three titles out of four.

30 years ago

BASKETBALL: In front of an enthusiastic home support Brechin A team brushed aside any threat Menzieshill Cadets might pose to the leaders of Tayside Division 2.

With hardworking defence the A team showed that they were in no mood to let the opposition take a grip on the game and with excellent teamwork and cooperation soon took a commanding lead in the game to reach half-time with a 40-19 scoreline.

The full pool of players was used to good effect in maintaining a comfortable lead with Brian Spark hitting a good spell of shooting to bring his game tally to 10 points.

Milne rebounded well and after a long spell of injury Finlayson returned to score a useful 22 points.

At full time the scoreline read 74-55 for Brechin but even more satisfactory was the amount of teamwork and determination used in bringing the game to such a conclusion