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After touching the stars, can the Dogs now scale the mountain?

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10.07.2019

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. It's been half a century since Neil Armstrong took that giant leap for mankind and stepped onto the lunar surface before thrusting his nation's flag into it.

It must have been something to live through at the time because the achievement has seemingly lost none of its inherent sense of wonder and awe in the imagination of humanity to this day. Books have been written about the lasting impacts of that historic moment in 1969, but suffice to say, it has touched our lives in one way or another. None of us would ever be the same again.

Mission accomplished: The Western Bulldogs, 2016 premiers.Credit:Joe Armao

On the Monday after the Bulldogs won the 2016 premiership, just the listed players gathered at
the Railway Hotel in Yarraville.

Truthfully, we'd taken up a residency of sorts at the pub since the victory. As you can imagine, by day three of the celebrations, things were pretty loose. I recall having a rare moment of clarity and thought to myself, "Someone really ought to make a speech, to anchor this day to something more meaningful than just the next drink."

As the oldest player I took it upon myself to do it. So, with pint in hand, I stood on a bar stool (precariously) and spoke about history and community. It's a little hazy, but the basic message........

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