Longmire to return home with AFL cup

SYDNEY Swans’ coach John Longmire will bring the AFL premiership cup to his home town after all.

He will carry the glittering silver trophy in Corowa’s National Federation Festival Parade in Sanger Street on Sunday, January 27.

Longmire’s father, Corowa mayor Fred Longmire, confirmed the date yesterday and expects a huge boost to the town from an influx of footy fans anxious to see the cup.

“It will be sensational for the town and the football club,” he said.

Sydney won the grand final against Hawthorn at the MCG on September 29 in a 10-point victory.

The cup went on a national tour last month that took in Wagga.

Corowa Council decided in October to invite the premiership coach to attend an event at which Longmire could receive congratulations from the community in which he was raised.

Longmire, 42, began his football career in the town with the Roos, when he won the Ovens and Murray Football League’s leading goalkicker title.

The evening before the parade, Longmire will take the cup to a dinner hosted by Corowa Rutherglen Football Netball Club at the civic centre.

Tickets are $100 a head or $150 a couple and are available from the tourist information centre with numbers limited to 250.

A final chance to view the cup will be at a barbecue at John Foord Oval after the parade.

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